Post 16 and HE Phase Committee


Chair: Iain Palôt

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Our aims

The Post 16 & HE Phase Committee exists to promote the teaching and study of geography in the post 16 curriculum. It supports teachers in schools, colleges and universities through a range of activities and publications. Please contact Iain Palôt if you are interested in joining the Committee. This is your chance to make a difference!

Download these Terms of Reference to find out more about how the Post 16 and HE Committee works.

What we do

The Committee organises conferences, field trips and workshops on topics closely associated with post 16 geographical education.

We produce a newsletter, Geography Matters, which focuses on news and issues currently facing teachers involved in post 16 geographical and environmental education. The newsletter can be downloaded from the Geography Matters page.

We contribute to books and articles that provide a more in-depth examination of issues associated with teaching and learning in post 16 geography. These include curriculum planning, teaching, assessment, fieldwork and resources.

We also take part in forming GA working parties to look at emerging areas of concern in the post 16 geography curriculum, including issues relevant to vocational education.

Post 16/HE independent investigation prize

Designed to help students to plan effectively for their independent investigation.

This year’s Post 16/HE A level competition is designed to help students develop an effective plan for their independent investigation. Students are invited to submit an investigation proposal which encourages the good practice of setting objectives and planning data collection and analysing findings.

The prize for the most effectively planned independent investigation is £100 for the winner, with two runners–up prices of £50 each. The prizes will be awarded at the GA’s Annual Conference in Sheffield in April 2018.

Students are invited to complete the outline form taking particular note of the word limits in each section. The winners will be expected to provide a 200-250 word summary of their research findings to be included in Geography Matters, the annual Post 16/HE phase committee publication.

Download submission form

Student interviews

The Committee spoke to geography students at three universities to find out about their experiences of studying geography at degree level. The video and audio interviews are ideal for sharing with post 16 students who are considering doing a geography degree.

Engaging our students

We believe that it is supremely important to get our students directly involved in the GA and related organizations.

WorldWise is a part of the GA that seeks to do just that.

WorldWise International Challenge is for post 16 students to take part in a fantastic opportunity.

WorldWise week is during the last complete school week of June each year. Click here for suggestions for Year 12 and 13 activities to get your student involved in the theme of ‘Crossing Boundaries’.

Post-16 and HE Phase Committee members

  • Iain Palôt (chair)
  • Alan Marvell (vice-chair)
  • Helen Hore (secretary)
  • Rachel Adams
  • Gill Miller
  • Simon Oakes
  • Richard Kotter
  • Mick Dawson (treasurer)
  • Bob Digby
  • Grace Healy
  • Laura-Jayne Ward
  • Hafsa Garcia


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Dr Diana Pritchard Guest

We are holding a World Climate Negotiation event at the University of Bedfordshire, at the Luton campus on Wed 8th Nov. Since it provides an intense and effective learning tool, we wondered if other geography teachers from the local area would be interested to participate. This would provide them with the experience, and tools that would enable them to replicate it in classroom scenarios.

This activity approximates the Model UN approach in the sense that it involves a simulated international climate change conference, where participants role play official negotiators of different countries. The difference here is that the tasks are very specific and involve use of MIT software (called C-Roads produced by Climate Interactive) which enables participants to see the impact in real time of their negotiations on CO2 atmospheric concentrations, temperature and sea level.

The activity will involve students, staff, and dignitaries. WE anticipate involvement of students from feeder schools and colleges, and their corresponding geography teachers. We have already piloted this with mixed sector and generation groups and are collaborating with research with MIT on the impacts of this experiential learning approach.

This approach provides a very powerful learning tool about climate change and the climate system, different global regional experiences and perspectives, international negotiations, team work, and the importance of collaborations.

If interested we be thrilled to hear from you. Im Principal Curriculum Developer at the Centre for Learning Excellence, and am an nominated Climate Change Ambassador.

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