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Teachers' CPD

Teachers' CPD

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 

"This has been the most enjoyable, entertaining and useful learning experience I have ever been on in my eight-year career."
- Teacher at our Fieldwork CPD weekend, 2012

"Because of the Digimap (training) we're now doing a lot more mapping of the school and the area around the school - that's been really good."
- Geography teacher Caroline Freedman



 Data Skills in Geography CPD Events

We are running a number of CPD events as part of the Data Skills in Geography project. Further information


 Fieldwork and expeditions CPD Events

Geography Outdoors runs a range of CPD events aimed at supporting teachers to plan and carry out learning outside the classroom. Further information 

June 2017

 Subject knowledge update: Forests, Carbon and the Water Cycle

 Tuesday 6 June 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
 Cost: Members £35, Non-members £45 (refreshments included) Book online

Exploring core themes for the new A Level geography specifications, students must have knowledge, skills and understanding of these topics. This session will provide information for effective teaching for higher grades, assessment advice and support.

More information (PDF)

Places must be booked online and paid for in advance.


 Google Expeditions Workshop

  Tuesday 13 June 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm
 Cost: Members £45, Non-members £35

A twilight workshop lead by a Google certified instructor and assistant headteacher, exploring the use of Google Expeditions virtual reality to explore different landscapes in the classroom.

More information (PDF)

Places must be booked online and paid for in advance.


 Festival of Geography, in association with OCR

  Friday 23 June 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 10.00am - 4.10pm
 Cost: £220 per delegate.

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 aims of the day include:

  • Explore approaches to new topics through a series of workshops to bring the content to life.
  • Workshops will be interactive, here teachers can engage with a variety of materials and online resources.
  • Case studies and examples will be introduced and discussed at a range of scales across the globe. 
  • For topics to be ‘unpacked’ by teachers for teachers with lots of ideas and teaching and learning resources to ‘take away’

We are delighted to have our key note speaker - Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology at University College London explaining the anthropocene. This contemporary global issue is pertinent to two of OCR's topics including, Climate Change and Earth’s Life Support Systems.


School Members Lecture - Beyond Borders: Changing geographies of migration and asylum

An opportunity for our school members to experience our popular lecture series.

Recent years have seen significant changes in the management of migration across the world. From the renewed growth of border building and securitisation, to the mass displacements of the Syrian conflict and the on going refugee crisis, migration has become a critical issue of our age. But what can geographers tell us about these rapid changes in migration? This lecture explores the skills that geographers can bring to the issue of migration.

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Darling from the University of Manchester
Timings: 5.15pm-6.30pm (doors open at 4.30pm)
Cost: Free to School Members, places must be booked in advance

Booking details
Booking for this event is now open. These events are no longer ticketed. Instead, a list of booked names will be monitored on the door on arrival. Places can be requested by emailing Claire at c.brown@rgs.org. We are asking schools to please be reasonable with the number of places they request for these free lectures. In order to prevent block booking by schools that subsequently do not use their full booking allocation thus preventing other schools from attending, we will be closely monitoring the use of booked places by each school. If we find that your school has booked far more places than it uses on the day, we may be forced to limit your school's booking allocation at future lectures. Young Geographer Members may also book a place to attend these lectures.


 Data skills workshop for newly or recently qualified teachers, led by Bob Digby

  Thursday 29 June 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 10.00am–3.00pm. Doors open at 9.30am.
 Cost: Members £6, Non-members £8 (including a sandwich lunch)

Admittance is by ticket only. Tickets are non-refundable.

We will focus on data skills and discuss some of the challenges you might face early in your career. The course is suitable for anyone who has completed their training within the last two years.

July 2017

 Subject knowledge update: Landscape systems
Professor Heather Viles and Professor David Thomas, University of Oxford

  Wednesday 5 July 2017

 Venue: University of Oxford
 Time: 4.45pm–6.45pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
 Cost: Free

This free CPD session will explore the new core A level theme of Landscape Systems. Through an in-depth study of drylands and coastal systems, the session will refresh your subject knowledge, cover broad concepts including useful case studies, and inspire.

Booking is essential. Please email Maryam at m.sdraper@rgs.org
for further details and to reserve your place.


September 2017

 Geography and History Conference: Focus on GCSE 

  Tuesday 26 September 2017

 Venue: RGS-IBG London
 Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm. Doors open from 9.00am
 Cost: Members £120, non members £190, concessions (trainee and NQT) £90. All prices include VAT and lunch

One year on from the new GCSEs, this event focuses on addressing issues and providing support and ideas for history and geography. The event includes a keynote lecture from Philip Smith, Ofsted's National Lead, as well as subject keynotes and workshops directly addressing issues around GCSE.

Book your place and see the full programme (PDF) (will be updated as speakers are confirmed)

In association with the Historical Association

October 2017

 Outdoor Learning Conference

  Wednesday 4 October 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
 Cost: £100 (inc VAT) per delegate

Using the school grounds to deliver challenging learning and teaching and SMSC across curriculum topics including geography, literacy, mathematics, history, art and science for EYFS – Year 6 

More information (PDF)

Places must be booked online and paid for in advance.

In association with Naturesbase

November 2017

 Survival Geography

  Monday 13 November 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
 Cost: £100 (inc VAT) per delegate

Aimed at Prep Schools, this event will focus on a range of outdoor learning and teaching activities linked to a variety of subjects, as well as SMSC. It will also serve as a model which colleagues can use to plan and resource their own outdoor learning enquiries in the school grounds and local area.

More information (PDF)

Places must be booked online and paid for in advance.

In association with Naturesbase and IAPS  

 

Contact us

Unless otherwise stated, please contact Claire Brown on +44(0)20 7591 3053 or email c.brown@rgs.org.

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