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NQT conference: making a difference in the classroom

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Who this course is for

Secondary geography NQTs

Course date and location

Birmingham - Thursday 30 January 2014 (fully booked)
London - Thursday 6 February 2014 (online booking closed)

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Course overview

The day will bring NQT geographers together to discuss the successes of the year so far. It will suggest a number of strategies for developing the new geography curriculum, preparing for exam changes and extending pedagogical practice in the light of recent experiences.

Some use of new web-based and mobile technologies will be suggested, and the day will involve some fieldwork activities. Delegates will leave with a pack of useful materials, some 'homework' and an online folder of materials. Ongoing support will be provided via email and social media.

The course provides a great opportunity to reflect on your first year of teaching so far, and prepare for your first year as a non-NQT.

Delegate reviews

"An inspiring day full of teaching and learning ideas”

“Lots of resources and ideas to take back to school”


Registration fees include all course materials, refreshments and lunch.


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

  • Update knowledge of latest resources and thinking in secondary geography, as well as the latest on curriculum change
  • Raise awareness of recent GA project materials for use in teaching and professional development
  • Practice using a range of web tools to add a new dimension to student learning
  • Meet with NQT colleagues and develop points of contact for ongoing support
  • Produce a personal 'action plan' including professional development targets in the early years of your career.

Course programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-11.00: Session 1 - Tales from the Classroom and making connections
Making a Difference: tips and techniques
Curriculum-making: the legacy of the APG
Knowledge update on latest thinking and publications

11.00-11.15: Refreshment break

11.15-12.45: Session 2: Update of GA projects and their possible impact in your classroom
Practical activities, including fieldwork activity
Playing your part in the department

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Session 3: The next few years: where will geography take you
Action Planning the next year and beyond
Discussion on networks and ongoing support and contacts

15.30: Close


Alan Parkinson, Teacher of Geography, King’s Ely School, Cambridgeshire, and freelance author and geographical consultant.

Marketing opportunities

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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