It’s the time of year when pupils are choosing which subjects to continue studying at both GCSE and A Level and we have a range of resources to encourage them to choose geography.
Whether it’s letters from Sir Michael Palin and Nick Crane, a presentation with positive key statistics about geography, or our Going Places with Geography poster and brochure, our resources focus on the benefits of studying geography and the many rewarding careers it can lead to.
As Kate Stockings, Head of Geography at Hampstead School, explains: “We use the RGS-IBG resources to encourage students to choose geography throughout our department. At options evening, the resources truly come into their own - saving us a huge amount of preparation time but also portraying the message in a far more eloquent, concise and engaging way than we could manage! The value of the Society’s resources is in their variety and breadth - they offer posters with succinct one-liners about the value of geography alongside more detailed booklets about the variety of career paths that choosing geography can offer. These are invaluable in helping us convey to parents why studying geography is such a facilitating subject - it helps keep the doors open for students and will aid them in a huge array of different paths. Beyond options evening, we use the resources in our displays and in assemblies about geography - helping to reinforce the value of the subject and relate what students are studying to the real world.”
Hampstead School are not the only ones using the resources at options time, Head of Geography at St Ivo School, Rob Chambers CGeog (Teacher), said: “We find the RGS-IBG resources invaluable to help raise awareness around options evening and have used them in a variety of ways – we’ve even incorporated both the Nick Crane and Sir Michael Palin letters into our own departmental booklet!”
If you’re a geography teacher planning options evening, take a look at our resources, see how they could help get more of your pupils choosing geography and join our online campaign #choosegeography
Don’t forget, our Geography Ambassadors can also help introduce pupils to the many benefits of studying geography – find out more about booking a free visit to your school.