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Several events have been held in the East Midlands region over the past few years.

Using Google Earth and GE Graphs

Date: Friday 16 July 2010
Venue: Brookfield community School, Chesterfield

This free day of fieldwork CPD focused on using Google Maps, Google Earth and GE Graph for pre-fieldwork activities and to present fieldwork data. This event was led by Daniel Moncrieff, Head of the Field Studies Centre at Rhyd-y-Creuau, Snowdonia.

Practical exercises included adding placemarks to Google Maps and Google Earth, creating layers in Google Earth, and creating bar charts, pie charts and choropleth maps using GE Graph.

As part of this network we have created a local fieldwork map. Ultimately, the map will contain fieldwork resources developed by teachers from across the East midlands. It is hoped that over time this will build into rich resource of local fieldwork ideas and activities for teachers working in the East Midlands.

View East Mids Fieldwork Network Map in a larger map

Previous East Midlands Network Events

Date: Thursday 25 March 2010
Venue: Attenborough Nature Centre, Nottingham

The second East Midlands fieldwork network event took place in March 2010 at Attenborough Nature Centre, Nottingham. Twenty teachers and local educators attended this full day of fieldwork CPD. During the morning session East Midlands-based teachers and a representative from the Field Studies Council provided information and resources on themes including planning a ‘best practice' field trip, cross-curricular fieldwork and GCSE controlled assessment.

The afternoon was spent in the Nature Reserve, where the Education and Community Manager for Nottinghamshire Wild Life Trust shared examples of different geography fieldwork activities offered by the Wildlife Trust at the Reserve.

Many of the resources from the day are to download:

The first meeting of the East Midlands fieldwork network was held on Friday 10 July 2009 at Conkers, a centre at the heart of the National Forest. Twenty two teachers from schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire attended the event, which took the form of a day of free fieldwork-based CPD with a particular focus on local and regional sites. A packed timetable for the day included speakers from a range of organisations, including the Field Studies Council and the Peak District National Park Authority. Local teachers also contributed their suggestions for fieldwork in the area, and later in the day the delegates were able to participate in some of the activities available to schools through the Conkers centre.

Many of the resources from the day are available to download:

Session one: A few quick ideas for fieldwork in your school grounds
Eleanor Coulber, Professional Support Officer: fieldwork and Key Stage 3 resources, RGS-IBG

Session two: Local fieldwork experiences (part one)
Melanie Barker, Assistant Headteacher at Highfields School, Matlock

Session three: New GCSE geography and the controlled assessment
Tim Wilson, Assistant Head of Centre at the Field Studies Council's Blencathra Field Centre

Session four: Local fieldwork experiences (part two)
Adrian Taylor, Head of Geography at St Mary's Catholic High School, Chesterfield

Session five: Fieldwork in the Peak District National Park - developing personal and global geographies
Sarah Wilks, Learning Development Officer, Peak District National Park Authority

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