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Making the case for geography

One of the key objectives of the Geographical Association is to campaign for geography and its place in curriculum. In 2009 we published our manifesto, A Different View, which sets forth our belief that geography makes an essential contribution to a balanced education for all young people in schools, colleges and other settings.

On this page you will find links to various other papers, articles and letters, written by members, staff and committees of the GA over the years, that testify to our continuing commitment to geography education.

GA Annual Monitoring Reports
Consultation responses

Articles and letters

GA Annual Monitoring Reports

GA Annual Monitoring Report 2011 (248k)

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The first GA Annual Monitoring Report on Geography Education. The report focuses on the overall condition of geography in England and includes detailed examination results and a round up of the GA's policy work over the last twelve months. (16.05.12)

Consultation Responses

Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training (England): Call for Evidence - GA consultation response (202k)

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In May 2014 Sir Andrew Carter OBE was appointed to chair a review of the quality and effectiveness of initial teacher training (ITT) courses. This is the Geographical Association’s submission in response to the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training (England): Call for Evidence September 2014.

GA response to the Ofqual A Level Regulatory Requirements consultation Jan 2014 (711k)

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GA response to Ofqual consultation concerning A/AS regulatory requirements (14.01.14)

Primary assessment and accountability (189k)

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Primary assessment and accountability under the new national curriculum - GA response (12.10.13)

 

GA response to Ofqual about GCSE reform (231k)

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GA response to Ofqual regarding GCSE Reform (03.09.13)

 

GA GCSE subject content response (400k)

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GA GCSE subject content response (August 2013)

 

GA Feedback on final draft of geography programmes of study (143k)

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GA Feedback on final draft of geography programmes of study National curriculum review: new programmes of study and attainment targets from September 2014 (sent July 2013)

 

A level content review (745k)

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Geography A level content review – to Chief Executives of the four largest Awarding Bodies (sent 03.07.13)

 

Secondary School Accountability Consultation (197k)

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Secondary School Accountability Consultation Submission from the Geographical Association. (01.05.13)

 

School Direct enquiry GA letter (464k)

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The Commons Education Committee recently announced an inquiry into School Direct recruitment for 2013/14. The GA has responded with this letter, which raises a number of observations and concerns about the development of School Direct as a means of training secondary school geography teachers. (26.06.13)

 

GA letter to Ofqual (100k)

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Letter to Janet Holloway at Ofqual clarifying the GA position on two key aspects of geography qualification reform: fieldwork and internal assessment. (10.04.13)

 

DfE consultation on KS4 reform - GA response (286k)

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The GA's response to the government's proposals to reform the examination system at Key Stage 4, replacing GCSEs with English Baccalaureate Certificates. December 2012. 


Response to ACME consultation on mathematical education (121k)

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The response from the GA's Post-16 Phase Committee to work being done by the British Academy and the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) intended to influence post-16 mathematical education. November 2012.

 

Ofqual consultation on A-level reform - GA response (112k)

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Response to an Ofqual consultation on proposed reforms to A-levels in England including content, assessment structure and purpose. September 2012.

 

Ofsted consultation on proposals for revision of the framework for the inspection ITE 2012 - response from the GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group (164k)

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Response to the Ofsted consultation document 'Proposals for revised inspection arrangements for initial teacher education partnerships from September 2012' by the GA's Teacher Education Special Interest Group. January 2012.

 

What are the key concepts in Earth science to which all students should be introduced at school? (476k)

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Response to the review of the National Curriculum for England from a number of organisations, including the GA, offering guidance on the key knowledge, understanding and concepts in Earth science which we believe all school students should be introduced to through science and geography.

 

DfE consultation on QTLS and overseas teachers - response from the GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group (15k)

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Response to the DfE consultation 'Proposed changes to allow qualified teachers from further education and from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to become permanent teachers in English schools' by the GA's Teacher Education Special Interest Group. December 2011.

 

DfE consultation on ITT strategy - response from the GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group (79k)

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Response to the DfE consultation 'Training our next generation of outstanding teachers. An improvement strategy for discussion' by the GA's Teacher Education Special Interest Group. July 2011.

 

National Curriculum Review Response April 2011 (274k)

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The GA's response to the Department for Education's National Curriculum review, April 2011.

 

Learning to be human and the English Baccalaureate - Geography and history: evidence from the Geographical Association (1.0M)

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Evidence submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee for Education relating to the English Baccalaureate. March 2011.

 

Response to Wolf Review of 14-19 Vocational Education (324k)

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The GA's response to a major independent review of vocational education for 14-19 year olds led by Professor Alison Wolf of King's College London. October 2010. Update: the report was published on 3 March 2011 and is available to download from the DfE website.

 

Generic grade descriptors and draft supplementary subject specific guidance for inspectors for geography (57k)

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This response, compiled by the GA Education Committee and Curriculum Leadership team, was sent to Ofsted in July 2010.

 

Global Learning for Schools (151k)

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This document contains the GA's response to the joint DFID/DCSF Global Learning For Schools consultation sent in May 2010.

 

Joint Response - DECC Consultation on Low Carbon Skills (169k)

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This document forms a joint response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Low Carbon Skills consultation. It was put together by the DEA in conjunction with the RSPB, the Geographical Association, People and Planet, the East Midlands Network for Global Perspectives in Schools, and Osborne Middle School. (May 2010)

 

GA response to the Ofqual consultation (7.6M)

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Here is the GA's response to the Ofqual consultation entitled 'Regulating for confidence in standards' in March 2010. Ofqual requested feedback on how they should meet their objectives, fulfill their duties and use their powers. Note: As this consultation was completed online, The PDF is in the form of screengrabs.

 

Evidence Paper: Geography in 'the field' (595k)

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A paper submitted to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee Evidence Session on Learning Outside the Classroom in February 2010. It argues for the importance of fieldwork and LOTC in geography.

 

GA MTL Response January 2010 (899k)

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This is the Geographical Association's response to the CFSA framework blueprint for subject association engagement with the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) programme.

 

GA response to the Secretary of State’s public consultation on proposed amendments to the Level Descriptors (596k)

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When the secondary curriculum was reviewed and subsequently implemented from September 2008, some amendments were proposed to the level descriptions to reflect changes to the secondary curriculum programmes of study. A consultation regarding the proposed revisions was issued by the DCSF. Here is the GA's response to the level description revisions proposed for geography.

 

Submission from the Geographical Association on the New Inquiry into Teacher Training (4.2M)

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The Children, Schools and Families Committee have been undertaking an inquiry into Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Here is the consultation response from the GA, prepared by the Teacher Education Special Interest Group, and complete with Appendices.

 

GA submission to consulation on the DfID review (139k)

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The GA's reponse to the 'Review of DFID's work to Build Support for Development through the education system'. Compiled on behalf of the Education Committee of the Geographical Association by Angus Willson. (Added 16.10.09)

 

Response to the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum (66k)

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This is the GA response to the primary curriculum reforms recommended by the Rose Review. Members of the GA that have contributed to this collaborative response include teachers, headteachers, lecturers, GA staff and consultants, LA representatives and members of the wider education authority. (Added 07.07.09)

 

A Geographical Response to the Rose Interim Report (3.3M)

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This longer document compiles responses to the interim report of the Rose Review and attempts to show the relationship of geography to other elements of the whole primary school.

 

Response to the Alexander Report (58k)

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On 20 February 2009, The Cambridge Primary Review published a special, two-part report on the primary curriculum entitled 'Towards a New Primary Curriculum'. Here is a press release to the CfSA summarising the GA's response to the report.

 

Articles and letters

Letter to David Laws MP about ITT places (377k)

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A letter to the Schools Minister from GA Chief Executive Alan Kinder and the Chair of the GA Teacher Education Special Interest Group Dr Charles Rawding regarding the allocation of ITT places for secondary Geography PGCE and Schools Direct courses. November 2012.

Letters to and from Ofqual on GCSE specifications (887k)

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Correspondence between Professor David Lambert and the Chief Executive Officer of Ofqual regarding uncertainties about GCSE Geography specification approval. June/July 2012.

 

Think Piece in response to 'The Importance of Teaching' White Paper (305k)

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This paper was prepared by Professor David Lambert as a comment on and response to particular aspects of the White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, 24 November 2010. It is especially concerned with plans for curriculum assessment and qualifications.

 

Level descriptions and assessment in geography: a GA discussion paper (818k)

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This is a discussion paper about level descriptions and assessment in geography prepared by John Hopkin for the Education Committee in December 2006.

 

The Power and Future of Geography (113k)

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This is a discussion document. It follows a special seminar held on 26 February 2005 involving 21 leading members of the Association with direct teaching and other professional experience across all phases. The group drew from experience in teaching, teacher education, inspection, consultancy, ASTs, curriculum development projects and education research.


The Power of Geography (51k)

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'The Power of Geography' is David Lambert's original response to the comments made by David Bell in November 2004.


Sunday Telegraph Letter (48k)

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Why Subjects Really Matter (62k)

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'Why subjects really matter' is David Lambert's opinion piece on the importance of subjects in education written in January 2005.


Thinking Geographically (52k)

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In this article (Jan 2005) Peter Jackson and Doreen Massey discuss the importance of thinking geographically in an increasingly inter-dependent world.


Improving pupils’ geographical understanding... (72k)

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The aim of this paper is to explain why achieving an improvement in the quality of pupils’ geographical understanding is, to a large degree, dependent on teachers gaining a clearer grasp of the nature of understanding, in general, and geographical understanding, in particular. By Trevor Bennetts, February 2005.


Geography, history and the informed citizen... (67k)

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This is a revised version of an earlier paper discussing the development of a 14-19 humanities curriculum. By David Lambert and Martin Roberts, updated January 2005.


QCA Geography Team Report (74k)

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This QCA Geography Team report prepared by Michael Naish and Eleanor Rawling follows a summit held in January 2005 as part of the Futures Project. Visit the QCA Futures website and forum for more interesting papers and discussion.


Letter to The Times - April 2005 (47k)

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David Lambert's response to an article by Chris Woodhead published in The Times on 3rd April 2005. The original article entitled 'Education: Teach facts not twaddle' can be viewed here.


Bringing Geography into the 21st Century (59k)

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Roy Laming of ESRI (UK) discusses the increasing use of GIS in a variety of capacities, and looks at ways in which it can be used to enhance geographical education.


This report is based on teacher focus group meetings, convened during May and June 2004. The aim was to discover more about the relative absence of ‘education for sustainable development’ (ESD) in the school curriculum. (added 30.09.05)


Subjects for the Future (51k)

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An edited version of this piece by David Lambert was published in the TES on Friday 3 November 2006. The article responded to the results of a poll in National Geographic Kids Magazine which revealed that 20% of British students cannot identify the British Isles on a world map. Read the TES article online. (Added 27.11.06)

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