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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 

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  CPD Update me: Differentiation

'Update me' sessions are a series of evening events that focus on skills, pedagogy and educational updates. This session will look at differentiation techniques.

Date: Monday 2 March 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

  • Programme (PDF)
  • Booking form PDF | MSWORD

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    CPD Update me: Challenging gifted students

    This short course is designed for new and experienced teachers looking to further enhance the performance of their most able students – with an eye to maximising A* grades at A2 level or Grade 7 scores for the IBO diploma.

    Date: Monday 9 March 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

  • Programme (PDF)
  • Booking form PDF | MSWORD

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    CPD 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

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    CPD 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

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    CPD 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

  • Programme and booking form (PDF)
  • Booking form (MSWORD)

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    CPD 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.

    See slideshows from previous masterclasses.

    Apply

    The dates for our 2015 Teachers' Masterclasses are as follows:

    • Physical geography course: Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Lake District, Friday 26th - Sunday 28th 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 18th - Sunday 20th 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, download the guidance notes below or 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, complete the application form below and send it to Charlie at landl@rgs.org.

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    CPD 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.

    Upcoming network meetings:

    Primary map skills CPD sessions:

    • Thursday 12 March: Hammersmith and Fulham - cancelled
    • Tuesday 17 March: Newham

    Primary fieldwork CPD sessions:

    • Tuesday 5 May: Wandsworth
    • Tuesday 12 May: Hounslow and Hillingdon

    Secondary GIS CPD sessions:

    • Thursday 26 March: Newham
    • (NEW DATE) Friday 24 April: Kensington and Chelsea and Islington. Please note, the date of this session has changed from Tuesday 14 April, the NEW DATE is confirmed as Friday 24 April.

    Secondary curriculum sessions:

    • Thursday 5 March: Islington

    Find out more about the Rediscovering London's geography project.

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  • CPD events in London are supported by the Rediscovering London's Geography project

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    Contact us

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

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