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Teachers' CPD

Most events can be booked online, and must be paid for in advance. You will be prompted to register to book online if you have not used the system before. School Members should register a new free individual account using the link 'I am not an individual member of the Society'; it is not possible to use School Member login details for online bookings.

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.

Please be aware that if you arrive for an event that you are not booked on to, we will not be able to provide you with a space. Please ensure you are booked on to an event, and have had email confirmation of your place, before you travel to the society.

"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 

January 2018

School Members Lecture - High street regeneration: place-making and changing spaces - fully booked

 Wednesday 24 January 2018

 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 and Young Geographers, places must be booked in advance

Speaker: Dr Steve Millington, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director of the Institute of Place Management

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

Town centres are much more than places to go shopping; they are places to meet and socialise that provide a sense of belonging for local communities. Declining retail poses fundamental questions to the future of places where we live, work and socialise. How have these places been managed so far - and how can geographers envisage brighter futures for their creative, social, cultural and economic development?

Booking details
Booking for this event was available to School Members and Young Geographer Members only. This event is now fully booked and we are not operating a waiting list.


 Coastal Fieldwork Day for GCSE and A level Teachers

 Wednesday 24th January 2018

We are holding a Coastal 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.

All secondary schools are welcome to attend this CPD day. The CPD day is free of charge.

The day will focus on coastal landscapes, processes and ecosystems by looking at a number of associated fieldwork sites that show how a coastline responds to both natural and human interaction/intervention. The day will also include appropriate (and cost effective) techniques and a range of curriculum relevant environmental work undertaken by ERM colleagues. Key techniques in physical geography - around shoreline management and collecting/using environmental data in particular - within a dynamic coastal context will be explored whilst incorporating future pressures from development activity, sea level rise, increased storminess, and changes in vegetation due to warming.

 Time: 9.30am - 5pm
 Venue: Dangerpoint, Granary Court Business Park, Station Rd, Talacre, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 9RL
 Cost: Free of charge

To book: Please book online or email Claire at c.brown@rgs.org.

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
ERM, a leading environmental and sustainability consulting firm, supports the Society’s work to advance the professional development of geographers, with a particular focus on the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver local, high quality, environmental fieldwork



 GIS Twilight session from the Field Studies Council

  Monday 29 January 2018

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 4.15pm - 6pm
 Cost: Free
- booking is essential

Help your CPD by taking part in one of our local events after school - sessions led by our experienced field teachers to help you use and teach GIS in fieldwork.

To book, please visit the FSC website

March 2018

  Conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

  Tuesday 6 March 2018

 Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
 Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
 Cost: £25 (inc VAT) per delegate, includes lunch

A full day face-to-face conference exploring the use of ArcGIS Online for fieldwork and the Independent Investigation. The day will include presentations from teachers that have used ArcGIS Online plus opportunities for hands-on fieldwork data collection using the Survey123 app. Delegates will also learn how to analyse and present fieldwork data using the Analysis tools.

The day will be run by the Esri UK education team and this conference provides an excellent opportunity for networking and to discover how ArcGIS Online can be used in your school.
ArcGIS Online is now free for all schools in the UK.

Places must be booked online and paid for in advance. Booking is via our online portal only.

Programme and further information (PDF) - coming soon

Please note this event is a repeat of the event held on 15 November 2017.

In association with Esri UK


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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