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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

School Members Lecture - Beyond borders: changing geographies of migration and asylum

 Wednesday 28 June 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 5.15pm-6.30pm (doors open at 4.30pm)
 Cost: Free to School Members, places must be booked in advance

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Darling from the University of Manchester

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.

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.

More information (PDF)

 Physical Geography Fieldwork Day for GCSE and A Level

  Tuesday 11 July 2017

 Venue: Castleshaw Centre, Waterworks Road, Delph, Oldham, OL3 5LZ
 Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
 Cost: Free

We are holding a Physical Geography Fieldwork Day for geography teachers, aiming to support the better use of the local sites for geographical fieldwork and to develop and strengthen local teachers’ networks in order to share expertise and help raise standards.

The day will showcase a number of fieldwork sites, appropriate (and cost effective) techniques and a range of curriculum relevant environmental monitoring work undertaken by ERM colleagues. Key techniques in physical geography—around soils, water and carbon in particular– within a landscape context will be explored. Further information (PDF)

Places are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Please note that if you book a place on this course and subsequently do not attend, or do not give us sufficient notice of you not attending, the Society may seek to charge you for your place.

In Partnership with ERM






September 2017

 Looking ahead at GCSE Geography and History: getting the best results

  Tuesday 26 September 2017

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 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 such as embedding data skills.

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  


 Subject knowledge update: forests, carbon and the water cycle 

 Monday 20 November 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)

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.

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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