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Created by Alan Parkinson Mar 16, 2009 at 9:46am. Last updated by Anne Greaves Nov 15, 2012.

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Liz hogan is now a member of Geographical Association Network
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Raphael Heath replied to Becky Kitchen's discussion Are you ready for the Ashcloud Apocalypse?
"Thanks for promoting this Becky. We have over 19,000 signed up so far to take part - so should make a fun event for students to get involved with. I have produced lots of online interactive education resources to support this event also, as well as…"
Becky Kitchen replied to KathArine's discussion Geography 1-9 Grade Descriptors - Life after Levels!
"I'm glad it's useful :-) I mainly used the GA Assessment and progression framework and use the 'by age 11' criteria for grade 1, 'by age 14' criteria for grade 6 and 'by age 16' for grade 8 then filled…"
KathArine replied to KathArine's discussion Geography 1-9 Grade Descriptors - Life after Levels!
"OMG! Thanks so much Becky....this is so helpful. We are going to follow the new Edexcel B Geography Syllabus (teaching from 2016), however already following with current Year 9. Can ask how you put this together? clearly you have used NC level…"
KathArine replied to KathArine's discussion Geography 1-9 Grade Descriptors - Life after Levels!
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Becky Kitchen replied to KathArine's discussion Geography 1-9 Grade Descriptors - Life after Levels!
"I would certainly have a look at this webpage which has lots of information and practical advice on assessing without levels.  In particular, the assessment and progression framework is invaluable for providing descriptors for…"
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We've nearly reached 3000 members. Thanks to all of you who have joined us, but please remember to keep contributing. Let us know what you are doing, and how the GA can further support your work.

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Are you ready for the Ashcloud Apocalypse? 1 Reply

The Ashcloud Apocalypse is a free global event running between 16th and 20th November 2015.  Get your students involved in a classroom…Continue

Started by Becky Kitchen in Sample Title. Last reply by Raphael Heath on Thursday.

Geography 1-9 Grade Descriptors - Life after Levels! 4 Replies

Has any Geography Teacher out there created new Grade Descriptors for 1-9? I am in the process of converting National Curriculum levels, using GCSE assessment criteria (old and new from 2016) to…Continue

Started by KathArine in Sample Title. Last reply by Becky Kitchen on Thursday.

Edexcel IGCSE Geography

Is there anyone out there who does the Edexcel IGCSE Geography and / or has some suggestions on good places to take students based in Lewisham on fieldwork to experience 1. a river environment, 2. a…Continue

Started by Becky Kitchen in Sample Title on Thursday.

Call for evidence - a standard for teachers' professional development

The Teachers' Professional Development Expert Group is developing a standard for teachers' professional development.  They are currently asking for evidence about what makes for effective…Continue

Started by Becky Kitchen in Sample Title on Thursday.

Year of Fieldwork 2015 / 2016

Did you know…Continue

Started by Becky Kitchen in Sample Title on Wednesday.

Teaching about refugees and migration

The GA have put together resources and ideas for teaching about refugees and migration.It would be great to know…Continue

Started by Becky Kitchen in Sample Title on Wednesday.

2016 Children's Map Competition 2 Replies

British Cartographic Society Children’s Map Competition for 2016The BCS Children’s Map Competition is sponsored by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to encourage the creative and graphic…Continue

Tags: competition, cartography, mapping

Started by Richard Carpenter in Sample Title. Last reply by Richard Carpenter Jul 9.

GCSE's 2016 compared

HiLucy Rawe has created two excellent tables comparing each new GCSE Specification. They can be found at (posted 19/04/15)…Continue

Started by Mark Hayes in Sample Title Apr 25.

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Sail the Book

I am a high school science teacher and have been adapting primary source, maritime books for Google Earth touring. It's a fun way for learners to explore science, history and geography at:

Posted by Ira Bickoff on January 15, 2014 at 10:08

Project: Survey Earth in a Day 2.0

I wanted to tell you about a worldwide event happening on June 21st (solstice) at Noon.  Survey Earth in a Day 2.0. …


Posted by Justin Farrow on April 8, 2013 at 1:43

Curriculum Change Diagram

From Alan Kinder

A useful roadmap through the impending changes

Posted by Alan Parkinson on February 23, 2013 at 17:46

Eyjafjallajokull FREE online study aid for the classroom

We have just commissioned an online study resource for you - suitable for KS3, GCSE and A Level and written by two leading Geography teachers David Rogers and Simon Ross.

Everything you and your students ever wanted to know about Iceland's famously unpronounceable volcano - even how to say it!
You will have access to case study material, classroom lessons covering topics from tourism to plate tectonics and managing natural hazards. Video footage of the eruption and its impact, several maps and diagrams and all this combined with stunning imagery to bring the eruption to life.


To register for you FREE resources go to

Posted by Lorraine Silvester on November 17, 2011 at 14:36

Geography Teaching in Inclusive Higher Education


Check out recent paper "A Reflective Assessment of My Practice as a Geography Teacher in Inclusive Higher Education". Freely available in BJER:


Also interesting resources (articles, videos etc) on webpage for geography and geopolitics:

Posted by James Leigh on September 19, 2011 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Free GIS training events through late June & July.....

Interested in GIS in school but not sure where to start ?

The folks at ESRI UK, with whom we've been working for the last year are putting on a range of FREE taster sessions over the next few weeks.

They are taking place in a range of venues, and there are 2 options.

1. Face to face taster sessions…


Posted by Alan Parkinson on June 24, 2011 at 9:48

GA Conference

Had a fantastic time over the couple of days. Most of the workshops I attended were excellent, with some really useful materials and ideas. Loved the Key note lecture on Gap minder.


Posted by Richard Titley on April 18, 2011 at 20:24 — 1 Comment

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