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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 

 Secondary TeachMeet at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) - fully booked

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

For details, please visit the TeachMeet page for this event. Please note that you can no longer book on to this event as it is at capacity. A waiting list is in operation.

 Exploring the new GCSE specifications - fully booked

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.

Teachers- if you think you have booked on to this course but have not had email or postal confirmation of your place from us, please email Claire at c.brown@rgs.org. If you have not heard from us, your place has not been booked and you will not be able to attend the course on the day.

   Geography for the non specialist at KS1 and KS2 - only 6 spaces left

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

School Member Lecture: London's gentrification game, Professor Chris Hamnett, King’s College London

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

Professor Chris Hamnett, an expert on London’s housing market, explores the history and development of the ever-extending gentrification of London, asking if the poor are being squeezed out of the city and looking at the social consequences.

Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Venue: RGS-IBG 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 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.

 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: Wednesday 16 March 2016
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
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 (MSWORD)

    This course is run in partnership with Ordnance Survey

     Subject Knowledge Update: UK weather systems

    The weather affects almost every person and every industry, every day. It can produce fascinating features or extreme events, and is easily available to every school as a fieldwork resource. The amount of weather and climate in the National Curriculum and exam specifications is increasing, and yet it is frequently identified as one of the harder to teach topics. Find out more about the content and teaching of this topic.

    Date: Wednesday 15 June 2016
    Venue: RGS-IBG, London
    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 (MSWORD)

    This course is run in partnership with Royal Meteorological Society

     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.


    2016 dates will be released 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.

    Contact us

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

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