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Geography courses for primary and secondary teachers

These CPD courses are all free of charge and there's no need to register. They can be completed whenever you like and at your own pace.

Each course has been written by a primary or secondary geography specialist and comes complete with resources to use in your classroom. The courses cover a range of themes from outdoor learning to food security.

The GA provides more high quality CPD for primary and secondary teachers through a range of face-to-face courses and our popular Annual Conference.

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Exploring the Geography of Food
Exploring the Geography of Food
Phase: KS3-4
Food is a relevant and engaging topic that concerns us all and has links with many geographical themes and concepts. This family of courses will explore how food could be used to underpin a scheme of work in secondary geography.
My Place, Your Place, Our Place
My Place, Your Place, Our Place
Phase: KS1-2
What do sustainability and community cohesion really mean for learners in primary education? This family of courses explores the relationships between identity and place by drawing on some key geographical processes and understanding.
Go to Community Cohesion Part 1
Community Cohesion Part One
Phase: KS3-4
This is the first of two courses focusing on community cohesion. It explores the relationships between community cohesion and diversity and some key geographical concepts and processes.
Go to Community Cohesion Part 2
Community Cohesion Part Two
Phase: KS3-4
This course comprises four activities which build on the ideas introduced in Community Cohesion Part One. The first three activities can be approached in any order and when they have been completed, a plenary activity rounds the courses off.
GIS: Getting it Sorted
GIS: Getting it Sorted
Phase: KS3-4
This course takes you through the basics of GIS and explains how and why you should use it with your students. It introduces a number of GIS and visualisation tools and offers a range of classroom activities.

Themed CPD for KS1-5

A series of CPD courses funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) designed to support geography teachers with their continuous professional development.

Food Security
Food Security
Phase: KS3-4
Ideas and resources for teaching about food security and the global food crisis in the classroom.
Secondary Subject Leadership
Secondary Subject Leadership
Phase: KS3
This course provokes thought and discussion about how geography is taught and managed at Key Stage 3.
Immigration
Migration
Phase: KS3-4
As a topic migration has an obvious relevance to all our lives but it remains one of those 'difficult' topics to teach.
Primary Subject Leadership
Primary Subject Leadership
Phase: KS1-2
How can primary subject leaders and school management teams 'lead' the development of geography in the curriculum?
Young Geographers go Local
Young Geographers Go Local
Phase: KS1-2
This course is focused on helping children explore their own personal geographies in a local context.
Young Geographers go Global
Young Geographers Go Global
Phase: KS1-2
Helping children to develop their visual literacy by encouraging them to 'read' images of children in other places.
Young Geographers go Green
Young Geographers Go Green
Phase: KS1-2
What role does geography play in enabling the sustainable agenda in schools to be encountered, developed and enacted?

Other online courses

Places People Want

Places People Want
Phase: KS3-4
There are clear indications that settlement as a topic has become too settled and is in need of a shake-up. This CPD unit looks at how we might seek a response based on learners' personal experience and provide a conceptual framework for evaluating place.

Valuing Places CPD Units

Valuing Places CPD Units
Phase: KS2-3
These CPD units share tasters of the 'big ideas' that the Valuing Places project explored. Many of these focus on images of China but can be applied to other resources. Each idea is accompanied by a curriculum review activity and a classroom idea.

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