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From 9–11 April 2015 we welcomed more than 750 delegates from all over the world to take part in a range of lectures, workshops, field visits and social events and find out about the latest ideas, resources and support in primary and secondary geography.

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Lectures

Keynote Address - The geography of elections: will the 40 years of voting polarisation continue in May 2015?

All KS
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, The Oxford University

Quantitative geographers like to study elections because they generate so many numbers. No single number can summarise an election, but the simple segregation index of Conservative voters does tell an interesting tale, having fallen for most of the last century, but risen rapidly since 1974. In 2010 it almost surpassed its 1918 maxima, resulting in such a concentrated set of Conservative votes that, despite gaining the most votes, the party did not win enough seats to form a government. Will it grow higher still in 2015? If you are trying to interest students in why they should use statistics in human geography, they need simple examples and a good reason. This session tells the tale of one such example and sets it in a wider story of geographical change in the UK.

Download: Presentation (PDF)

Download: Voting segregation graph (includes 2015 election) (PDF)

 

Lecture Plus 1 - What geographical knowledge might Early Years/primary teachers have?

EY-KS3
Professor Simon Catling, Emeritus Professor of Primary Education, Oxford Brookes University

This session considers the nature and role of Early Years/primary teachers' geographical knowledge and understanding. What is it reasonable (and possible) to expect, given limited initial and in-service teacher education, especially in relation to 'primary practices' and notions of a knowledge-led curriculum? The session is intended to provoke discussion relevant to these questions.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Lecture 2 - The impact of 2013–14 storms on coastal geomorphology in south-west England

KS4-P16
Professor Gerd Masselink, Professor in Coastal Geomorphology, Associate Head of School (Marine Science), University of Plymouth

During the winter of 2013–14, the south-west coast of England experienced an unprecedented sequence of exceptionally energetic wave conditions, leading to extensive losses of sand from beaches, overwashing of gravel barriers, coastal dune erosion and cliff collapse. This session will describe and discuss the impacts of this stormy period and address the question: ‘where has our beach gone?’

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Lecture Plus 3 - The Global Learning Programme: what impact can it have?

KS2-3
Dr Paula Owens, Curriculum Development Leader, Geographical Association and Steve Brace, Head of Education, RGS-IBG

What impact is the Global Learning Programme(GLP) having on schools’ practice and how do we know? Find out what schools have already achieved and what they have planned as their next steps; how to be involved, and some reasons why you should be. The session will also provide an overview of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and the challenges that still remain.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Lecture 4 - Using the IPCC’s climate change data in geography classrooms

KS3-P16
James Riley, Head of Geography, The Perse School,Cambridge, and Charlotte Woolliscroft, Teacher of Geography, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby

This session will provide an overview of the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Assessment Report (2014), as well as information about the history and role of the IPCC, a summary of the main IPCC findings, and ideas for incorporating findings into your key stage 3 to post-16 geography teaching and learning.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

Download: Handout (PDF)

 

Lecture 8 - Digitally publishing your resources

KS2-P16
Richard Allaway, Technology for Learning Coordinator and Ellena Beckham, Head of Individuals and Societies, IS Geneva – Campus des Nations, Switzerland

Digitally publishing your resources can increase their impact. Reviewing and editing digital resources helps case studies, ideas and concepts stay fresh and focused. This session will outline how to easily publish your digital resources. Focusing on free approaches we will explore ideas of different scales – from simple 'landing pages', through eBooks to more developed websites, and some steps in-between

Sponsored by Geography All The Way

Download: Resources (External Website)

 

Lecture 19 - Making an impact with fieldwork expeditions

KS4-P16
Paul Baker, Chair, GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

This session will focus on fieldwork at GCSE and post-16, considering how it can impact on students’ knowledge and understanding for exams, increase excitement about the subject and provide a lever to help keep geography numbers buoyant in schools.

Presented by GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Lecture 20 - The new OCR geography GCSE and A level specifications

KS4-P16
Mark Smith, Abigail Carter and Shelley Monk, OCR Geography Subject Specialists

The OCR Geography Subject Specialist team introduce their new range of geography GCSE and A level specifications for first teaching in September 2016. Abi, Mark and Shelley will discuss the new content, assessment structures and support and resources on offer before giving you the opportunity to ask questions.

Sponsored by OCR

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Lecture 24 - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill: five years on

P16
Ryan Bate, Teacher of Geography and Sociology, Bridgewater High School, Warrington

Five years on, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico still provides an excellent case study. This session will summarise not only the environmental impacts, but also the economic, social and political aspects of energy production. It will also address questions around the Gulf Coast's recovery since the disaster.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Student/NQT Lecture - Back to the future –reinventing the curriculum in a digital age

All KS
Dr David Leat, Professor of Curriculum Innovation, University of Newcastle

Since the introduction of a National Curriculum, the skills of curriculum development have been fading. Despite this, and the shadow of targets, some schools are re-examining their curriculum and asking what we want students to be like when they leave education. This session will examine some of the emerging possibilities for curriculum development, such as Sugata Mitra's Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLES), Community Curriculum Making and Open Badges.

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Workshops

Workshop 2 - Digital Earth: for innovative learning

KS2-P16
Karl Donert, President, European Association of Geographers

This bring-your-own-device session will examine some Digital Earth tools now available for learning and teaching. Based on the work of the digital-earth.eu project that examined 3000+ resources suitable for classroom use, it offers hands-on opportunities for participants to try them out on their own tablet, laptop or smartphone. The link below takes you to the workshop presentation and materials.

Link: Digital Earth Workshop

 

Workshop 10 - Geography, science and fieldwork: learning to make an impact

KS2-3
John Lyon, Programme Manager, and Paula Owens, Primary Curriculum Development Leader, Geographical Association, and Marianne Cutler, Director Curriculum Innovation, Association for Science Education

How does the synergy between geography and science enhance fieldwork? How does active learning out of doors deepen understanding in both subjects? What does this look like across key stages 2 and 3? This practical session is a collaboration between the GA, the ASE and you! Come along and join our enquiry.

In partnership with Association for Science Education

Download: Presentation

Download: Location Detectives (PDF)

 

Workshop 18 - Making an impact as a geography leader

KS3-P16
Beth Harries, Head of Geography, Penryn College, Cornwall

Develop a range of practical strategies and resources to take your department forward. You will leave with ideas for evaluating and leading the development of your department. This session will be relevant for current and aspiring Heads of Department, as well as sole teacher departments.

Presented by GA Secondary Phase Committee

Download: Workshop material - GCSE grade analysis (XLS) 

Download: Workshop material - KS3 grade analysis (XLS)

 

Workshop 26 - Fieldwork with impact

KS3-P16
Nick Lapthorn, Chair, Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group

Fieldwork provides the opportunity for students to develop many essential skills: observation, application of knowledge, team work, numeracy, literacy... This session will focus on ways to ensure that your fieldwork provision has the biggest impact on students.

Presented by GA Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Workshop 34 - Global citizenship: measuring our impact on pupil attitudes and actions

All KS
Liz Allum, Schools Co-ordinator, Reading International Solidarity Centre

Explore activities that demonstrate what pupils think about global issues including justice, trade and sustainability. Their responses often confirm that doing more global education doesn’t necessarily make a difference; it’s the quality that counts. Repeat the activities and find out what impact your teaching has on your pupils’attitudes and actions, and if it is effective in developing active global citizens.

Download: Presentation (PDF)

 

Workshop 38 - Progress for all: differentiation, marking and assessment to promote progress

KS3-P16
Michael Simmons, SCITT Subject Route Leader Humanities, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield and Jon Simmons, Teacher of Geography, Barr Beacon School, Walsall

This session will explore the idea of progression within lessons and across students’ time at school. There will be a focus on everyday teaching tools and ideas that will display effective differentiation, marking and assessment in promoting progression for all.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Workshop 48 - Resourcing the new curriculum: enquiry using the web

EY-KS2
Anthony Barlow, Senior Lecturer in Primary Geography, University of Roehampton

Enquiry is absent from the new National Curriculum. This session will show how websites have a treasure trove of images and video clips to help resource primary geography enquiries. It will show you how the GA’s EYPPC is working to keep you in touch with free new resources and online primary geography support. You will leave with seven continents’ worth of clips, case studies and enquiries, all of which you can use immediately in your classroom!.

Download: Presentation (PDF)

 

Workshop 49 - The Wonder of Worldwise

KS1-P16
Sue Lomas, Chair, GA Worldwise

GA’s Worldwise programme can support your students’ interest in geography. Learn about the competitions, opportunities and awards that can enhance your teaching and reward your students

Presented by GA Worldwise

Download: Presentation (PPT)

 

Workshop 57 - Making an impact with fieldwork expeditions in UK and abroad

KS3-P16
Peter Price, Head of Geography Department, Charterhouse School and Howard Collison, Head of Geography, Oakham School

This session will consider how fieldwork skills and knowledge can impact on learning and understanding in the classroom with special attention to GCSE and Post-16 exams.

Presented by GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Research Papers

School Linking: Doctoral research findings from Southern voices in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda

Dr Alison Leonard, Doctoral student, Development Education Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

As a geography teacher and Initial Teacher Educator (ITE) observer of beginning teachers’ classroom practice I am conscious of the risks of oversimplification of complex, controversial geographical issues. Such risks can occur when schools are engaged in the South/North Educational Linking process. This is all relevant to the pedagogy of Global Learning. We are currently (April 2015) in the third year of DfID’s funding of the Global Learning Programme(GLP), which is supported by the Geographical Association. At the conclusion of my doctoral studies this paper explores the following practical themes: 1. How photos from my research can engage school students and their teachers in critical thinking and Global Learning; 2. Examples of how my research informs my classroom geography teaching of Development Issues, at KS4 and KS5; 3. How geography teachers in linked schools might further explore the effects of School Links in the Global South.

Download: Presentaton (PPT)

 

The role of cartographic visualisations to improve spatial cognition in geography fieldwork

Xiaoling Wang, Department of GeoInformation Processing, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

The overall goal of this research is to establish the role of cartographic visualisations in improving undergraduates’ spatial cognition during geography fieldwork so that guidelines for combining geography fieldwork with cartographic visualisations can be proposed. Based on this research objective, the major research question is ‘To what extent and in what way can using cartographic visualisations in geography fieldwork enhance students’ spatial cognition?’. Case studies of geographymajor undergraduates as users of the cartographic visualisations will be conducted in both the Netherlands and China.

Download: Presentaton (PPT)

 

'It would be easier if she just told us the answers' – an investigation into whether independent learning can increase the motivation of year 9 geography pupils

Catherine Thursby, MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education, University of Sheffield

This dissertation examines whether independent learning can increase the motivation of key stage 3 geography pupils. A case study approach was used, with the aim of defining independent learning and motivation and understanding their importance, as well as examining the extent to which independent learning may influence motivation. A class of 32 year 9 pupils at one secondary school in northwest England participated in the research by completing a questionnaire to assess their levels of motivation, carrying out a specific independent learning task, and discussing their ideas in a focus group interview. It was found that independent learning tasks are considered a motivating factor for many of the students involved, but that a wider range of motivational factors, including mind-set, rewards and incentives, and relationship with teachers, are considered by pupils to be just as, or more, important in influencing their motivation. It is suggested that further research might consider the impact of these additional factors, as well as other variables not considered here (e.g. gender, ability), on pupil motivation.

Download: Presentaton (PPT)


Forums

Forum - Information literary skills at A level:
challenges and strategies

P16
Chair: David Schultz, Chair and Professor of Synoptic Meteorology, The University of Manchester. Panel: Gill Miller, Senior Lecturer, University of Chester and Dr Richard Waller, Senior Lecturer, Keele University

This forum will consider the issues facing geography students as they begin their degree studies. It will present strategies that can encourage engagement with literature, increase the depth of study and improve student grades. It aims to share ideas and good practice across the post-16/HE community and promote a new resource developed by the Higher Education Academy for improving information literacy skills.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

Download: Handout 1 (PDF)

Download: Handout 2 (PDF)

Download: Handout 3 (PDF)


Teacher-to-Teacher

Map skills outside of 'map skills'

KS3
Rachel Denison, PGCE Secondary Geography student, Institute of Education, University of London

As a new teacher with past experience in geographical professions, I will highlight the importance of new and emerging technology used in the professional world and discuss how it works in the classroom with a particular focus on how it impacts on learners’ engagement with the subject.This session explored different ways that maps can be used during key stage 3, in the classroom, both formatively and summatively against the benchmark statements. It highlighted the variety of ways maps can be interpreted to problem solve and used to locate and display information.

Download: Session presentation (PPT) 

Download: Session handout - Map lesson feedback ideas (PDF)

 

Life as an NQT

KS3-P16
Simran Jouhal, NQT teacher of Geography

This session aims to provide practical hints and tips on how to survive a gruelling year as an NQT.

Download: Session presentation (PPT) 

 

Behind the seams: Global connections in the classroom

KS3
Hannah Campion, NQT, The National Church of England Academy, Nottingham

This session is about how geography can help pupils understand the connections that exist behind a £4 T-shirt. I will suggest teaching approaches that help pupils to explore multiple perspectives by investigating production, transportation and consumption, and to identify their own role in, and impact on, an everchanging world.

Download: Session presentation (PPT) 


Debate

Debate - What should teachers’ priorities be in global learning?

KS1-4
Chair: Dr John Hopkin, Head of Accreditation, Global Learning Programme, Geographical Association. Panel: Dr Fran Martin, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Exeter; Dr Alexander Standish, Senior Lecturer in Geography Education, Institute of Education, University of London and Richard King, National Education Strategy Adviser, Oxfam

Geography is surely the world discipline, but global learning can be controversial: people have strong, sometimes contradictory, ideas about what should be taught and why. This debate will explore this territory from three different perspectives.

Download: Presentation (PDF)

Relevant Teaching Geography article: A 'knowledgeable geography' approach to global learning

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yasin Zargar Guest

We would like to attend the conference in April 2015 as an exhibitor for the first time. Please can you let me the details of the contact person and his telephone number.

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Milan Recknagel GA Staff

Hi Yasin,

The person you want to speak to is Lucy Oxley, her email address is loxley@geography.org.uk

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Charles Rawding Guest

Hi,
I can't find the postcode for the conference venue - so that I can book a nearby hotel ?
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Lucy Oxley GA Staff

The Renold building houses the exhibition and most lectures and is located in the University's Sackville campus. The best postcode to use is M1 3BB. Further location details are available on the 'Getting There' page.

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Lucy

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