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Spaces are still available on all of these courses unless stated otherwise. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Please be aware that bookings will not be taken in the three working days before the event, or on the day of the event.

"Genuinely the most important, most exciting INSET I have ever attended...a world of opportunities!"
- Geography teacher at our Introduction to Esri ArcGIS Online course, March 2014 


Subject Knowledge Update: Natural resources

Subject Knowledge Updates are a series of evening sessions focusing on different themes, covering the information for teaching topics and providing up to date case study material and resources. This session will focus on natural resources.

Date: Monday 21 September 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 5.00pm-7.00pm. Refreshments will be available.
Format: Lecture style
Costs: Members: (School Members/Fellows/ECT Members/Young Geographers) £35 including VAT, non-members: £45 including VAT


 School Member Lecture: Not just economics: What we know about why social inequality persists. Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

An opportunity for our School Members to experience our popular lecture series. This talk will consider the geographical evidence which suggests that social inequalities are high in some countries rather than others because of particular traditions and political outcomes. It will consider in particular why different countries in the affluent world have come to have developed very different transport systems, schooling systems and housing systems. It will also suggest that academic geographers could play an important role in contributing to wider debates about inequality because there is currently such variation between countries in the rich world.

Date: Tuesday 22 September 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London, SW7 2AR
Time: 5.15pm – 6.30pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
Cost: Free to School Members

Booking details

Booking is now open for this event. This event is ticketed and tickets will need to be shown on the door. Tickets can be requested by emailing Claire at c.brown@rgs.org. We are asking schools to please be reasonable with the amount of tickets they request for these free lectures. In order to prevent block booking by schools that subsequently do not use their full ticket allocation, thus stopping other schools from attending, we will be closely monitoring the use of the tickets we provide to each school. If we find that your school has booked far more tickets than it uses on the day, we may be forced to limit your school’s ticket allocation at future School Member lectures.


 KS1 and KS2 Fieldwork in the local area and school grounds

This CPD course offers outstanding fieldwork activities, supporting teachers in their understanding and application of many aspects of the geography curriculum at Key Stages one and two.

Date: Wednesday 30 September 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 9.30am - 3.15pm. Refreshments and lunch will be  provided
Format: Lecture style
Costs: Members: (School Members/Fellows/ECT Members/Young Geographers) £100 including VAT, non-members: £180 including VAT


 Primary TeachMeet at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

A Primary TeachMeet is an informal gathering of primary teachers coming together to present to, and learn from one another's classroom practice including practical innovations and creativity and personal insights in teaching geography. Participants volunteer to demonstrate good practice they have delivered over the past year in geography, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice. Each teacher will talk for 3-5mins on a topic of their choice (no PowerPoint necessary). When you register for the meeting please tell us the topic of your choice.

The focus of this session will be support for the teaching of geography in Primary Schools. We will be joined by Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the RGS-IBG and Paula Owens from the Geographical Association.

TeachMeet events are open to all (Members and non- Members) and do not charge an entry fee.

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 4pm – 6pm. Refreshments will be provided
Costs: Free, but booking necessary

To book a place email rlg@rgs.org. Please remember to inform us of your topic of choice when you register.


 Secondary TeachMeet at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of like-minded teachers coming together to present to, and learn from one another's classroom practice including practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. Participants volunteer to demonstrate good practice they have delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice.

TeachMeet events are open to all (Members and non- Members) and do not charge an entry fee.

Date: Wednesday 4 November 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Refreshments will be provided
Costs: Free, but booking necessary

To book a place or sign up as a speaker, please visit the TeachMeet page for this event


 Exploring the new GCSE specifications

A chance to hear from the four main Awarding Bodies regarding their new specifications for GCSE, as well as in depth workshops from the Awarding Body representatives. We will help you make an informed choice as to which GCSE specification you teach from 2016.

Date: Tuesday 17 November 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 9.45am - 4.00pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided
Costs: £150 Members (inc VAT), £230 (inc VAT) Non Members (non members ticket includes 1 year subscription for School Membership of the Society which costs £80)

Limited places available - book early to guarantee your place.


   Geography for the non specialist at KS1 and KS2

This workshop will be a very practical day offering a range of creative geographical activities linked to the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 using enquiry based experiences that encourage investigative questioning about places near and far.

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided
Format: Lecture style
Costs: Members: (School Members/Fellows/ECT Members/Young Geographers) £100 including VAT, non-members: £180 including VAT


 Teachers' Fieldwork Masterclass Weekends

Twice each academic year, the Learning and Leading programme offers 16 geography teachers free places on residential weekend masterclasses. All course fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the programme. 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 the 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.

Apply

Human geography course: RGS-IBG premises, Kensington, London: Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2015. This course will begin on Friday evening and finish at lunchtime on Sunday.
A full programme for both weekends will be available to download shortly.

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

To apply for a place see our website or email Charlie at landl@rgs.org.


 Local CPD networks in London

As part of the Rediscovering London's geography project, new local networks for primary and secondary geography teachers are being established across ten boroughs. The networks are designed to support the teaching and learning of geography across primary and secondary, particularly as we lead up to the implementation of the new National Curriculum in September 2014.

They will:

  • Connect across primary and secondary schools
  • Involve academy, free, maintained and independent sectors
  • Hold half termly meetings to engage local teachers with the wider programme, its outputs and dissemination
  • Help teachers to produce challenging lessons, rooted in up-to-date research, focussing on geographical subject knowledge
  • Run specific CPD to provide subject knowledge updates for key areas of curriculum and a range of geographical techniques and approaches
  • Provide training on local fieldwork to highlight the relevance of the geography within London, and also trianing on fieldwork in further afield locations
  • Provide online assessment tools through which pupils’ progress can be monitored

Current networks running

  • Havering
  • Bromley
  • Islington
  • Enfield
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Newham
  • Lambeth
  • Wandsworth
  • Hounslow and Hillingdon
  • Ealing

If you are interested in joining a London network or attending a network CPD session please contact Bryony Collins b.collins@rgs.org

Find out more about the Rediscovering London's geography project.

CPD events in London are supported by the Rediscovering London's Geography project


Contact us

Unless otherwise stated, please contact Claire Brown on (0)20 7591 3053 or email c.brown@rgs.org.


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