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Well-planned, safe, high quality fieldwork can benefit students' learning and personal development. The RGS-IBG provides teachers with CPD opportunities, teaching resources and advice on planning fieldwork.    

The Learning and Leading programme also offers hands-on support to GCSE and A-Level geography teachers with fieldwork Teachers' Masterclass weekends in locations across the UK.

Fieldwork Teachers' Masterclass Weekends

Twice each academic year, the Learning and Leading programme offers 16 geography teachers free places on residential Teachers' Masterclass weekends. All course fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the programme and it is free for teachers to attend. These courses are aimed at those teaching GCSE and A Level geography in maintained schools, six form colleges and academies in the UK that face challenging circumstances in their provision of geography. Each course focuses on either human or physical geography fieldwork.

What does a Teachers' Masterclass involve?

As a participant on this course you will undertake field visits, gather case studies, enhance your field teaching skills, share experiences with other teachers, participate in different field techniques and approaches, develop teaching resources for A Level and GCSE and adapt them for your local area. 

See slideshows from previous masterclasses.


The dates for our 2016 Teachers' Masterclasses are as follows:

  • Human geography fieldwork Masterclass, RGS-IBG premises, Kensington, London: Friday 13th - Sunday 15th May 2016. This course will begin on Friday evening and finish at lunchtime on Sunday.  The programme will be uploaded when finalised but it is likely to focus on London's East End regeneration and the impacts of change.
  • Physical geography fieldwork Masterlcass, Cranedale Centre, Yorkshire Wolds: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July 2016. There will be an optional Friday afternoon activity on this weekend and the course will be finished by lunchtime on Sunday. The programme will be uploaded when finalised.

For further information, download the guidance notes below or contact Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Coordinator by email on: landl@rgs.org or telephone on: 0207 591 3180.

To apply for a place, complete the application form below and send it to Charlie at landl@rgs.org. She will acknowledge receipt of your application form by email and inform you as to whether or not you have been offered a place. Once a place has been offered, a cancellation cheque is required to confirm the place. This will not be banked if you attend. Please see below for further information.

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Learning & Leading or call: +44 (0)20 7591 3180

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