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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 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 


 Subject knowledge update: Global governance

One of the four 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. Further information. Please note, this course is a repeat event.


 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)

This event is now fully booked. 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: £45 | £35 members

Places must be booked and paid for in advance. Further information.


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

This free session will focus on landscape systems, one of the four areas of core subject content for new A Level specifications. Through a study of drylands, coastal landscapes or glaciated landscapes, students are required to undertake an integrated study of earth surface processes, landforms and resultant landscapes.

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Venue: University of Oxford
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: Understanding and exploring glaciated landscapes, Dr Richard Waller - Keele University

This workshop will provide an introduction to glaciated landscapes in the context of the landscape systems option that forms a core component of the new geography A Level. The session will provide a brief introduction to glacial environments and consider the roles of glaciers as important agents of landscape change, focusing on the diverse process environments that provide a key framework for understanding these complex yet spectacular landscapes. The distinctive features associated with valley glaciers and ice sheets will be compared and the modern-day relevance of glaciers will be briefly considered. The value and potential classroom use of remotely-sensed imagery using Google Earth and online GIS software to explore the world's past and present glaciated environments will form a focus throughout.

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Time: 5.30pm–7.30pm. 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: 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.


 

 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 23 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. Further information.

Please note this event was originally due to take place on 24.1.17.


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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