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Secondary and Post 16

Alan Marvell
Location: Swindon, South West
Position: Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire. (Post-16, Tourism, Events Management and Human Geography)
Talk/Workshop topics: Talks on: sustainable tourism; Tourism geographies; Housing and suburban/urban development; Cultural geography
Background: Publications, academic research, curriculum development, external examiner, Vice-Chair of GA Post-16 Committee.

David Holmes

Location: Somerset, South West
Position: Teacher at Queens College Taunton and Senior Edexcel Examiner at GCSE and A Level
Talk/Workshop topics: Teacher workshops on secondary geography especially: controlled assessment and fieldwork, GIS, and examination success for students. Bespoke CPD / INSET can be arranged anywhere in the country, for both students and teachers.
Background: Consultant and examiner; Member of GAs Worldwise Committee

Emma Espley

Location: Gloucester, South West
Position: Freelance author and consultant
Talk/Workshop topics: KS3 geography; Cross curricular links, especially humanities style project teaching; PLATS; Assessment for Learning; Fieldwork opportunities; Enquiry led learning; KS5 Extended Project Qualification; promoting a connected and creative curriculum in primary schools; APP; using ICT to promote literacy and numeracy
Teaching since 1997. Emma has taught Geography and ICT at all Key Stages and History and RS at KS3. Emma has worked with LA ICT Consultants on Transition Project from KS2 to KS3 designed and has delivered workshops for both primary school teachers and pupils. She has trialled/piloted the Extended Project Qualification at Level 3 at Key Stage 5. She has produced and reviewed print and online classroom resources and recent authoring work includes contributions to Teachit Geography and Teachit History and Pearson Education School Improvement Division's new virtual learning platform.

Gary Atterton

Location: South Gloucestershire, South West
Position: Advanced Skills Teacher for Secondary Geography
Talk/Workshop topics: Coaching and mentoring; Data interpretation and intervention; KS3 Geography curriculum; Leading Geography.
Background: AST and Post 16 leader of Geography for LA; President of the Bristol branch of the GA; Assessor for Chartered Geographer (Teacher); Author for Nelson Thornes; Formerly Head of Humanities and Head of Geography.


Jim Rogers
Location: Exeter and the South West – always happy to travel!
Position: Secondary Geography PGCE Subject Leader at University of Exeter
Talk/Workshop topics: ITE and Geograpy; Global Educational Partnerships and Community Cohesion (doctoral research); Behaviour Management; Curriculum Innovation in Geography and Education for Sustainable Development; Teaching and Learning Outside the Classroom.
Background: PGCE subject leader (current), educational consultancy (Natural England, Traveline, Relief International), ex- Head of Humanities, Head of Geography and Head of Year. Outdoor education and expedition leadership.


Mark Jones
Location: Bristol, South West
Position: PGCE Geography Tutor at UWE, Bristol
Talk/Workshop topics: Student voice; Student-led geography curriculum; Creative use of digital technologies, Cross-curricular approaches to learning; Vocational learning in travel and tourism.

Paul Berry

Location: Devon, South West
Position: Head of Geography, Assistant Vice Principal
Talk/Workshop topics: Curriculum Planning; Fieldwork; Sustainability; Creative teaching & learning; GIS; Fieldwork (local and international).
Background: Fellow of Royal Geographical Society; Geography Association Curriculum Adviser.

Rachel Atkins
Bristol, South West
Head of Department, Examiner
Talk/Workshop topics:
Fieldwork skills KS 3-5; Gifted and talented; Using interactive SMARTboards; Creativity in lessons; Examination Answers – an examiners view.

Verity Burgess

Location: Dorset, South West
Position: Freelance Author
Background: Head of Geography at a large technology college; Working on developing Web 2.0 in the geography classroom; Author and collaborator on a range of A level and GCSE resources, both paper based and interactive.

Bob Digby
Location: Grampound, Cornwall (but works across UK)
Position: Independent consultant, with interests in teacher education (particularly NQT/GTP/Teach First mentoring), subject consultancy and improvement, GCSE examining, fieldwork.
Talk/Workshop topics: Talks on: urban regeneration and sustainability (particular interests in the role of sport as a catalyst for change e.g. Olympics and Paralympics); health geographies; preparing students for examinations; rural geographies.
Background: Consultant following 24 years school teaching / Head of Geography, 11 years in teacher education (Sheffield, Manchester and Brunel Universities), GCSE Principal Examiner, curriculum development, author of KS4-5 textbooks and journal articles, fieldwork in east London e.g. 2012 Games. GA roles include President (2012-13), Trustee and member of Governing Body, Publications Board.

Jeff Battersby
Location: Plymouth (happy to travel to Yorkshire, East Anglia and South West regions)
Position: Freelance Adviser
Talk/Workshop topics:
Worthwhile learning; Assessment fit for purpose; Curriculum planning with international perspective; Initial Teacher Training.
Former Dean of School of Education; Head of Secondary ITT and PGCE tutor for Geography; Head of Humanities and Geography; Dearing Review of NC Geography; Curriculum Development with WJEC, QCA. Author of texts on: Preparing to Teach, teaching geography, KS3 and KS4 geography, tackling disaffection.

Fred Martin
Independent consultant
Talk / Workshop topics: GIS; geographical education.
Secondary teaching - 25 years, 1971-1996; PGCE tutor and Secondary Programme Leader - 12 years, 1996-2008; Author of school text books and other geographical resources; Vice-chair of the GA Education Committee 2009-2012; Editorial Board for Teaching Geography.

Paula Bradley-Smith
South West
Teacher of Geography and Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter, Graduate School of Education, PGCE Geography
Talk/Workshop topics:
KS3/4/5 geography; Initial Teacher Training for Geography PGCE.
Background: I have been delivering the Citizenship with Humanities PGCE course at Exeter University for eight years and have now transferred to the Geography PGCE. I also work part-time at a Girls' Grammar School teaching geography to Years 7-13. I am a member of the GA Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group.



Sam Woodhouse
Location: Somerset/Wiltshire, South West
Position: Freelance Adviser (mainly primary)
Talk/Workshop topics: Teacher workshops / one-to-one work with subject leaders.  Anything to do with adventurous and relevant delivery of primary geography - particular focus on the new primary curriculum / LOTC / use of school grounds / use of maps, both paper and digital / climate change and global links. Teacher study visits to South India. 
Background: Associate adviser for Geography and Citizenship for Somerset LA; Writer; PGQM Moderator.

Jeff Stanfield
Location: Netley Abbey, Southampton
Position: County Adviser, Hampshire and Freelance Geography Consultant
Talk/Workshops topics: Foundation Stage - KS1-5; leading and managing geography as co-ordinator or department lead; consultancy work focuses on high quality learning and teaching in the subject; raising standards of attainment / achievement for all pupils.
Background: 20+ years teaching geography; adviser / inspector for Hampshire LA with 450+ primary and 70+ secondary schools; past Primary RGI Secondary team inspector; consultancy work across the country and abroad; writer for Mapping News and for the GA; leader for GA project 'Using ICT in KS4 Geography'. Published texts include 'See For Yourself' for KS1 and 'Think Through Geography' for KS3.

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