GCSE update

Ofqual have completed a consultation on the conditions and regulations for GCSE geography. Find their proposals and the GA’s response here, alongside a summary of the changes and advice from the GA.

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Teaching British values in geography

Useful information about how geography can support Ofsted’s requirement to teach about British values. There is a free poster and lesson ideas for use with primary pupils, a fully-resourced lesson for key stage 3, and links to other relevant GA resources.

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Geography GCE AS and A level updates

The final AS and A level geography content has been released by the DfE. Full details and advice for teachers can be accessed here.

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Geography is Amazing! A competition for post 16 students

The GA's Post 16 and HE Phase Committee is running a competition for post 16 students celebrating what makes geography an amazing subject. Can you create an imaginative resource to show why geography is amazing?

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GA Worldwise International Competition

This is the fourth year of the GA's international competition designed especially for P16 geography students. The top four entries in the competition will win places to participate in the International Geography Olympiad 2015 to be held at Tver University in Russia.

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News

British values and geography (21.01.15)

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs that schools should not shy away from promoting ‘fundamental British values’ to their pupils. Ofsted reports highlight how geography can make a significant contribution towards citizenship. Here we provide some useful information about what Ofsted require and how geography can support the promotion of British values.

GA Publishers' Awards (16.09.14)

The GA Publishers' Awards aim to recognise material which is likely to make a significant contribution to geography in primary schools, secondary schools or colleges, and to encourage the creative development of new materials. 2015 entry information now available.

A level position statements (09.09.14)

The GA has produced two position statements in response to both the DfE consultation on the reform of geography A and As level subject content and the Ofqual consultation on reform of A and AS level assessment. Both consultations are still open and we urge you to respond.

GA Worldwise International Competition (05.09.14)

This is the fourth year of the GA's international competition for post 16 geography students. The top four entries in the competition will win places to participate in the International Geography Olympiad 2015 to be held at Tver University in Russia.

New geography A level from 2016 (16.07.14 update)

A consultation on the new A level geography content has been launched by DfE. A link to the consultation, an explanation of the forthcoming changes to A levels as well as the GA's involvement, views and guidance are outlined on this page.

TES Geography Week 2014

Get involved with the TES week from 28 April –2 May. The GA is playing a key role in supporting the TES and the geography teaching community explore changes to the national curriculum.

I-Use - statistics in education (23.04.14)

The I-Use project, which the GA is a partner in, is an exciting collaboration taking place across Europe. The main aim of the project is to focus on developing teaching and learning activities to help teachers support their students in becoming statistically literate and enable them to make informed decisions based on quantitative information.

New GCSE announced (09.04.14)

The Department for Education announced the new content criteria for geography GCSE on 9 April 2014, for first teaching in September 2016. The revised qualification includes a number of significant changes. Click for more info and the GA's response.

A level changes postponed (14.02.14 update)

Following a review led by Mark Smith of the University of Lancaster, the Secretary of State for Education has asked for the launch of a new geography A level to be postponed until 2016.

GCSE & KS4 reform (10.01.14 update)

The GA's letter to Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, expresses the Association’s view that fieldwork in geography should not be assessed purely through theoretical examination questions.

Peter Smith 1944-2013

Peter Smith, former HMI and tireless supporter of geography and outdoor education, passed away on 23 September 2013. Obituary by Eleanor Rawling.

Geography a key theme of first national Youth Film Festival

Climate change is one of the many themes teachers and pupils can explore at the first National Youth Film Festival, a UK-wide event, from 21 October–8 November 2013. Teachers can book free festival tickets, where over 1600 screenings, Q&As and workshops will provide new opportunities to bring learning to life. (24.09.13)

GCSE and A level results in geography 2013

Well done to all teachers of geography and students receiving their A level and GCSE results. This year Geography has had the largest percentage increase in GCSE exam entries of all subjects. GA reports for 2013 A level and GCSE results are out now. (23.08.13)

Secondary teacher training through School Direct: GA response

The Commons Education Committee recently announced an inquiry into School Direct recruitment for 2013/14. The GA responded, raising a number of concerns about the development of School Direct as a means of training secondary school geography teachers. (26.06.13)

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