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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 8 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. Click here for further details. 


 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. Click here for further details. 


 London Curriculum Late

An event for primary and prep school teachers. You will be inspired with new ideas for teaching geography at Key Stage 2. The London Curriculum team will also update attendees on the development of further cross-curricular resources for primary teachers.

Date: Tuesday 10 January 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 5.45pm–8.00pm (presentations begin at 6.15pm)
Cost: Free (light refreshments provided)

Booking is essential. Please email Bryony Collins to reserve your place: geoghub@rgs.org

Further Information


 Primary Geography Focus Day - Developing outstanding teaching and learning through physical geography

An event for primary colleagues, supporting teachers in their understanding and application of practical geography in the classroom and school grounds. All delegates will receive a range of free curriculum linked teaching activities as well as back ground notes to use in the context of their own schools.

Date: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Venue:
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time:
 9.00am–3.00pm (registration 9.00am–9.30am)
Cost: £100 per place, members & non-members (lunch provided)

Places must be booked and paid for in advance using the button below. Please click here for further information.

Please note this event was originally due to take place on 24.1.17 but has been rescheduled to the date above.


School Member Lecture: Extreme Weather - The history of human-environmental interactions and our climatic past, Professor Georgina Endfield - University of Nottingham

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

Come and join us to hear Professor Georgina Endfield (University of Nottingham) explore the weather histories of unusual and extreme weather events, the weather memories and human responses linked to these events.

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017
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. 


 Subject knowledge update: Understanding Urban Change, Dr Phil Jones - University of Birmingham

The majority of the global population now calls a city 'home'. Across the globe, cities are growing rapidly, bringing dramatic demographic and socio-cultural transitions.

The first half of this session will introduce some of the geographic theories around place and place-making in the context of urban regeneration, looking at a variety of global case studies. Issues around scale will be introduced when considering the different ways that a city can change physically, socially and cultural. The second half will be more hands-on, exploring a range of new methods that can be employed to examine the changes to cities, including: exploring open source data, examining change through time using map/aerial photography time series, novel techniques for examining people's responses to urban environments, and field techniques.

Dr Phil Jones is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography and co-author of Urban Regeneration in the UK. He has been based in Birmingham since 2000 and works primarily on developing different methods for exploring urban life.

Date: Thursday 2 February 2017
Venue: University of Birmingham
Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.45pm
Cost: Free

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


 Subject knowledge update: Changing places

One of the 4 core themes for the new A-level geography specifications, join us for up to date information on delivering this topic, fieldwork suggestions and assessment advice.

Date: Tuesday 7 February 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
Cost: £35 members / £45 non-members (refreshments included)

Places must be booked and paid for in advance using the link below. Click here for further information.


 Subject knowledge update: Global governance

One of the 4 core themes for the new A-level geography specifications, students must have knowledge, skills and understanding of this topic. This session will provide information for effective teaching for higher grades, assessment advice and support.

Date: Monday 20 February 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.30pm
Cost: £35 members / £45 non-members (refreshments included)

Places must be booked and paid for in advance using the link below. Click here for further information.


 Prep school geography day

A free event run by the Geography: a subject hub for London project, focussing on transport as a new part of the Common Entrance geography syllabus. The session will explore two practical fieldwork ideas, about Crossrail and cycle safety. In addition there will be a workshop on 'model making in geography'. You will have the opportunity to make an edible model of coastal erosion.

Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 1.00pm–4.00pm
Cost: Free (lunch included)

Booking is essential. Please email Bryony Collins to reserve your place: geoghub@rgs.org

Further Information


 Subject knowledge update: Changing places, a focus on new urban landscapes, Professor Peter Kraftl & Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill - University of Birmingham

This session will address the new core A Level theme of Changing Place; changing places, with a focus on sustainable urban development in both the UK and India. Cities and urban areas around the world are under immense pressure to adapt to environmental, social, economic, political and cultural threats. It is important to understand and reflect on the opportunities and challenges which living in an increasingly urban world presents to people and place.

The first part of the session will focus on the sustainable urban developments in the UK context, and new urban landscapes designed to be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. The case study presented will address issues associated with: strategies to manage social segregation and cultural diversity; the concept of liveability; the management of urban drainage and the integration of Sustainable Urban Drainage systems; and people's experiences of such places.

The second part of the session will focus on economic growth and urban change in India. It will highlight the threats which India's urban areas face with respect to environmental degradation, access to energy and water, and growing inequalities. Using a case study, the session will explore India's strategies to urban sustainability and the opportunities and challenges which this presents.

Professor Peter Kraftl is a social and cultural geographer, specialising in research on children, education and architecture. Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill is a Lecturer in Human Geography whose work is informed by children's, urban and development geography.  

Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Venue: University of Birmingham
Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.45pm
Cost: Free

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


 Google Expeditions Workshop

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.

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Cost: £35 members / £45 non-members

Places must be booked and paid for in advance using the link below.
For further information please click here


 Subject knowledge update: In the FACE of global environmental change

In the fast-changing global environment it is important to keep up with the research that describes and attempts to solve the issues that arise.

The FACE (Free Air Carbon Enrichment) experiment that the University of Birmingham's Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) has set up provides a unique window into the response of a landscape to changing atmospheric composition. We will aim to deliver a range of material to support the teaching of A Level geography. The activities and information presented will cover key areas of the A Level specifications including water and carbon cycles, landscape systems and global systems.

A seminar presentation will introduce the inter-relationships between CO2, plans, soil, carbon and water cycles and explain how the FACE facility can help us understand these issues. A short workshop will then explore the linkages between current research areas and the teaching of A Level geography. This will be followed by a practical session.

Teachers will be able to circulate around three work stations, see the material demonstrated and talk through the scientific and practical delivery implications with research staff in an informal setting. The resources for each practical topic will be available to take away on a data stick for use in schools, including access to real-time online data streams. The evening will also provide an opportunity for teachers and academics to discuss career pathways from the geography A Level.

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Venue: Biosciences Building, University of Birmingham
Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm. Doors open from 4.45pm
Cost: Free

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


Contact us

Unless otherwise stated, please contact Harpreet Sanghera on +44(0)20 7591 3053 or email h.sanghera@rgs.org.

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