The project aims to address EDI in geography focusing on under-representation by income and ethnicity.
Geography has seen a growth in GCSE entries over 2011-2021 coming predominately from previously under-represented groups: Black, Asian and minority ethnic students; those with lower prior attainment; students from lower-income households or those studying in non-selective maintained schools. However, beyond the age of 16 the subject intake – by income and ethnicity – narrows, first at A Level and then further on entry to undergraduate courses.
The Society has undertaken research to further explore who is and isn't studying geography, young people's views on their subject choices and careers, and the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic geography teacher trainees and early career teachers.
The Geography for all project will work with colleagues and organisations across the geographical community. It will help address equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the subject, with a focus on under-representation by income and ethnicity through the following:
Pilot, evaluate and share direct work with young people that are under-represented in geography to better support their achievement and aspirations through the subject.
Establish a network of geography teachers to particularly support the capacities of geography teacher trainees and early career geography teachers in addressing EDI within their practice.
Engage with, and support, the potential involvement of universities and employers to better promote and support pathways into higher education and the workplace for geography students.
The Society recognises that there is an existing and developing range of support and good practice and we wish to share such initiatives and experiences within and beyond this network.
It is important to set out that we recognise that great work is already being done by individuals and groups to address EDI within the geography school curriculum and we want to be able to highlight this work and provide a space to share the work and initiatives of those with expertise and knowledge among the community and connect trainee and early career geography teachers.
If you are interested in being a part of our network of educators and receiving information on the work of this project and others, please complete the short sign-up form below. As part of the network, you will have free access to online and face-to-face teacher CPD events that will be run as part of the Geography for all project and we will be in touch with dates of upcoming events
Additionally, if you feel that you could contribute to parts of the project, for example if your workplace has activities such as work experience placements that you would like us to share with teachers and their pupils, please also provide your contact details with specific comments in the section provided.
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