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Well-planned, safe, high quality fieldwork can benefit students' learning and personal development. 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 A Level and GCSE 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. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, all course fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the programme and it is free for teachers to attend. These courses are aimed predominantly at those teaching A Level, but also cater for teachers of GCSE 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. Bob Digby will be running the fieldwork element, focusing on London's East End regeneration and a GIS element will take place on Sunday morning. See below for a programme for this event.  
  • Physical geography fieldwork Masterclass, 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 course will be run by highly skilled tutors from the Cranedale Centre. See below for a full programme for this event.

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/credit card authorisation is required to confirm the place. No money will be taken if you attend: the cheque will be returned and credit card details destroyed. Please see below for further information.

Sep. 2015 - Aug. 2016 is the 'Year of Fieldwork', a collaboration between the RGS-IBG, Field Studies Council, Esri UK, the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey. Find out more here: @yearoffieldwork

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