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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 History and Geography conference - focus on new GCSEs

Joint event between RGS-IBG, Historical Association and SSAT (The Schools Network)

The conference will focus on the new GCSE specifications for geography and history, as well as providing you with the practical impetus to raise the profile of these foundation subjects in your school. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from the four main Awarding Bodies about their new specifications, discover new innovations and ideas, and have a renewed inspiration for the curriculum and subject leadership.

Date: Thursday 18 June 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm. Refreshments will be available and lunch will be provided.
Format: Lecture style with interactive elements
Costs: £275 members / £395 non-members

  • For more information and to book please view the SSAT website


 Subject Knowledge Update: Russia

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 Russia.

Date: Monday 22 June 2015
Venue: Brackenhurst Campus, Nottingham Trent University
Time: 4.00pm-6.00pm. Refreshments will be available.
Format: Lecture style
Costs: Free, funded by NTU


 School Member Lecture: What's going on in Greenland? Professor Alun Hubbard, Aberystwyth University

An opportunity for our School Members to experience our popular lecture series. In a richly illustrated talk, Alun reveals his blend of exploratory adventure and innovative geoscience that, over the last decade, has furthered understanding of the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet.

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2015
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 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.


 Ready, set, teach! for trainee geography teachers

This conference for current PGCE students, School Direct and SCITT trainee geography teachers and those starting a teacher training course later in the year will be fundamental in preparing delegates for life in a busy geography department. A fantastic way to start thinking about CPD!

Date: Friday 26 June 2015
Venue: RGS-IBG, London
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Format: Lecture and workshop style
Costs: Members: (School Members/Fellows/ECT Members/Young Geographers) £25 including VAT, non-members: £40 including VAT


 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 29 June 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


 Subject Knowledge Update: UK weather systems

A joint event with the Royal Meteorological Society

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 UK weather systems.

Date: Tuesday 30 June 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
Time: 5.15pm – 6.30pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
Cost: Free to School Members

Booking details

Booking for this event opens on 25 June 2015. 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 after 25 June 2015. 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


 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.

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 School Membership of the Society which costs £80)

Booking for this event will open once the Awarding Body speakers have been confirmed, hopefully by July 2015.


   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

Physical geography course: Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Lake District, Friday 26 - Sunday 28 June 2015. There will be an optional Friday afternoon activity on this weekend and the course will be finished by lunchtime on Sunday.

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

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

Upcoming network meetings

Primary map skills CPD sessions:

  • Wednesday 20 May: Kensington and Chelsea

Primary fieldwork CPD sessions:

  • Tuesday 5 May: Wandsworth
  • Tuesday 12 May: Hounslow and Hillingdon
  • Thursday 21 May: Kensington and Chelsea
  • Wednesday 17 June: Newham

Secondary GIS CPD sessions:

  • Friday 15 May: Lambeth

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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