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Secondary Phase Committee

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Co-chair: Paul Hunt
Co-chair: Stephen Schwab

Visit the members' page to find out who's who on the Secondary Phase Committee.

Our Aims

The purpose of the Secondary Phase Committee is to support GA members concerned with geography at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to represent their views and interests.

What we do

  • Monitor the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA. In addition, monitor the state of health of secondary geography as indicated by data on numbers and assessment evidence.
  • Initiate ideas for engaging and challenging teaching and learning ideas in the secondary geography classroom.
  • Disseminate these ideas through workshops at the annual GA Conference, the GA website, and occasional articles and contributions to GA publications such as Teaching Geography.
  • Represent the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA at the GA Education Committee and to external bodies.
  • Promote geography to teachers, pupils, schools and the wider community as a relevant and exciting subject.

We have led numerous sessions on a variety of themes at the GA Annual Conference; published articles in Teaching Geography on topics such as team teaching, Valuing Places, the geography of crime, using ICT to enrich geography, leading the geography department/self assessment and fieldwork; represented the GA in the QCDA review of the Key Stage 3 curriculum; and published several resources on the GA website.

Top Ideas

Notes of Secondary Phase Committee Meeting - October 2013

The meeting began with a review of the minutes from the last meeting, and feedback from the Geographical Association Educational Committee meeting. This is really helpful as it allows our work to match the direction of the GA and the wider educational issues that the GA are involved in.

One area up for discussion was how our schools were going to tackle the new curriculum, and life without levels! Several members expressed the wait and see approach at this early stage, as their Leadership team had still to finalise the whole school plan. This was particularly true for the Academy schools amongst us. Others were contacting their local primary schools, offering support in planning the curriculum to ensure that KS1 to KS3 was a continuous programme of study.

These discussions lead to the committee producing a top ideas publication on planning for a new curriculum (see below).

As is normal for the October meeting, our thoughts turned to the Easter Conference, being held in Guildford. Our brief was to develop 3 workshops which fed into the tag line - 'What makes a quality geography curriculum?'. This is an excellent opportunity to share creative ideas from each of our departments and research we have engaged with. Our workshop themes will be based as a result on; marking, literacy and transition.

Past meeting reports

Download: October 2013
Download: June 2013
Download: Febraury 2013
Download: October 2011
Download: June 2011
Download: June 2010
Download: February 2010

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The Secondary Phase Committee would like to hear from GA members who might be interested in joining the committee. Contact Simon Renshaw to find out more.

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