Primary geography for the non-specialist

Who this course is for

Primary teachers who are not geography specialists.

Course dates and location

London - Tuesday 22 November 2016 (cancelled)
Birmingham - Tuesday 29 November 2016 (cancelled)


Course overview

This course will support non-specialist teachers in developing geography in relation to the 2014 National Curriculum. It will support their subject understanding and the development of outstanding practice within the subject. Considering the question 'What is geography?', the day will also look at geographical skills, place and locational knowledge, progression and the subject’s contribution to the wider curriculum. The day will include presentations, group discussion and practical activities, including planning for a geographical enquiry into distant places.

Aims and Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of geography's core knowledge and skills, within the context of the National Curriculum.
  • Learn how geography supports and contributes to the wider curriculum.
  • Find out about key resources and approaches for planning and teaching outstanding geography.
  • Explore issues and ideas for investigating distant places.

Course Programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-11.00: Session 1 - What is geography?

11.00-11.15: Refreshment break

11.15-12.45: Session 2 - Geography and the national curriculum

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Session 3 - Planning for a geographical enquiry into distant places

15.30: Close 

Course Presenter

Ben Ballin, Consultant to the GA

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