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Some events can be booked online. Please note that your school member login details cannot be used to make online bookings. You need to register as an individual on the My Society webpage.

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 

 Data Skills in Geography CPD Events Summary

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13 July 2016 from 10.00am to 4.30pm at RGS-IBG, Exploring Data Skills (led by speakers from UCL and the University of Leeds)

7 October 2016 from 10.00am to 4.30pm at RGS-IBG, Data Skills in partnership with Pearson (edexcel)

11 October 2016 - full day (times and programme to follow) at RGS-IBG, Data Skills in partnership with AQA

7-9 October 2016 Fieldwork Weekend at Juniper Hall, in partnership with the Field Studies Council

4 November 2016 from 5.00pm–7.00pm at RGS-IBG, Update Me: Data Skills in Geography (repeat)

24 November 2016 from 10.00am to 3.30pm at Juniper Hall, Fieldwork skills in partnership with the Field Studies Council

Please book online using a credit or debit card.

 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, sixth 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.

  • Human geography fieldwork Masterclass: This event has now taken place for the year. 
  • 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 programme will be uploaded when finalised.


The guidelines and application form to apply are available here. Application forms should be emailed to Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Coordinator, on landl@rgs.org. Sixteen places are available on each course and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to those who meet the criteria.

For further information or if you have any other questions, please email Charlie on landl@rgs.org or call her on: 020 7591 3180.

If you are interested in nominating one of your year 12 students for a place on the Learning and Leading Summer School, please find more information here.

 Ready, Set, Teach! CPD Day for trainee teachers

This one day conference is for trainee geography teachers and will focus on what makes an excellent NQT, on the subject specific skills of geography including teaching updated geographical issues, content, GIS and fieldwork.

Date: Monday 20 June 2016
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 10.00am–4.00pm.
Costs: £25 Members (inc VAT), £40 (inc VAT) Non-members 

  • Ready Set Teach Programme and Form (PDF)
  • Ready Set Teach Booking Form (MSWord)

      Subject Knowledge Update: Changing Places

    'Changing Places' is one of the four core themes for new GCE geography specifications. All students must develop a common knowledge , understanding and skills base through the study of why places are constantly changing on account of evolving connections between economy, environment and society. Join us for up to date information on delivering tis topic, fieldwork suggestions and assessment advice. Please download the programme for further information.

    Date: Wednesday 22 June 2016
    Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
    Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Laptops will be provided.
    Costs: £35 Members (inc VAT), £45 (inc VAT) Non Members

    This event is now fully booked.

      OCR Festival of Geography

  • This one day course delivered in association with OCR has been designed to inspire, engage and support teachers with the new AS / A Level geography content. The aim of the day is to take a range of new topic areas and explore these in depth through a series of talks and workshops to bring the content to life. Throughout the day the content will be unpacked and a range of relevant resources explored.  

  • Alongside the unpacking of the specification content there will be lots of suggestions and opportunities for addressing teaching and learning approaches, resourcing of the new topic areas and embedding of geographical skills.

    Date: Friday 24 June 2016
    Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
    Time: 9.00am–4.30pm
    Costs: Early booking fee (before 30 April 2016) £175. Regular booking fee (after 30 April 2016) £220

    Places must be booked BEFORE 30 April 2016 to secure the early booking fee.

    Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

    Booking and further details

    In association with OCR


    School Member Lecture: Moving from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, Professor Katie Willis, Royal Holloway - University of London

    An opportunity for our School Members to experience our popular lecture series.

    Professor Katie Willis, an expert on employment, migration and development, explores the history and development of the Millennium Development Goals and their relationship with the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Date: Wednesday 29 June 2016
    Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
    Time: 5.15pm–6.30pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
    Cost: Free to School Members

    Booking details
    Booking for this event is now open. This event is ticketed and tickets will need to be shown by both students and teachers on the door. Tickets can be requested by emailing Harpreet at h.sanghera@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.

     Update me: Ordnance Survey teaching resources

    This course is aimed at teachers at all Key Stages who are interested in developing spatial awareness skills primarily linked to the Geography curriculum. Ordnance Survey now provides a range of digital map data at no cost for use in schools.

    Date: Monday 26 September 2016
    Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
    Time: 5.00pm-7.00pm. Laptops will be provided.
    Costs: £35 Members (inc VAT), £45 (inc VAT) Non Members

  • Programme and booking form (PDF)
  • Booking Form (MS Word)

    This course is run in partnership with Ordnance Survey

    Contact us

    Unless otherwise stated, please contact Harpreet Sanghera on (0)20 7591 3053 or email h.sanghera@rgs.org.

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