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Leading a successful geography department

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Who this course is for

Recently appointed secondary geography subject leaders, or those who aspire to such a role.

Course date and location

Newcastle - Friday 27 June 2014 (course cancelled)
London - Friday 4 July 2014 (online booking closed)


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Course overview

This course will explore how new geography subject leaders can maximise the impact that they have on colleagues and students. Drawing on best practice from successful geography departments across the country you will be challenged to reflect upon what you are trying to achieve, critically assess the methods you employ and plan workable solutions to the issues faced in schools.

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Registration fees include all course materials, refreshments and lunch.

Manchester/ Newcastle

GA Personal/Group/Concessionary Member: £160
New Member Package*: £262
Non-member: £285


GA Personal/Group/Concessionary Member: £180
New Member Package*: £282
Non-member: £305

*Includes course fee and one year's GA membership for your school to Teaching Geography.

Aims and outcomes

  • Develop and shape your 'vision' for geography
  • Consider how to create and sustain a high-quality geography department
  • Become more confident in developing the profile of geography in a whole-school context
  • Discuss strategies to address particular issues in your school.

Course programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-11.00: Session 1 - VISION
Subject leadership in changing times
Your vision

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.45: Session 2 - QUALITY
Organising learning
Using data
Establishing a quality geography curriculum

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.00: Session 3 - ACHIEVEMENT
Achieving your aims
Becoming a lead department

15.00-15.30: Plenary and close

Course presenter

Justin Woolliscroft, PGCE Secondary Geography Leader and GA Secondary Quality Mark Consultant.

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If your organisation would like to include an insert in the delegate packs for this event, please contact Lucy Oxley.

Have a question about this course?

Contact the GA's Events Manager Lucy Oxley (0114 296 0088) who will be happy to help.

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