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2014 National Curriculum

2014 National Curriculum

Information, resources and links to support you in your planning for the 2014 national curriculum. (Updated: 08.07.14)

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.

Field Studies Council fieldwork opportunities (30.06.14 update)

The Field Studies Council is the leading provider of geography fieldwork and a GA strategic partner. Find out about the opportunities they offer to primary and secondary schools.

Environmental project It's Our World launches 5 June 2014

A UK wide arts project, It’s Our World, which aims to give children and young people a voice to speak out for positive environmental action, will coincide its launch with the UN’s World Environment Day on 5 June 2014.

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.

GCSE exam timetable changes

Exam dates for 2014 GCSE geography exams have been brought forward to mid-May from the usual June date. This change may impact on your revision preparation. Please check the final dates of your exam board’s current June 2014 timetables. You can also check via the Joint Council for Qualifications website. (07.10.13)

UK geographers win silver medals at iGeo

Four young UK geographers took part in the 2013 International Geography Olympiad competition and walked away with two silver medals. (25.09.13)

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)

GCSE & KS4 reform (16.07.13 update)

Reformed GCSE subject consultation - GA response to DfE following feedback from GA groups and committees.

Worldwise Challenge 2013: Students 'do' geography

Secondary geography students from across the country met in Exmoor National Park to compete in the final stage of the Geographical Association (GA) 2013 annual Worldwise Challenge. (11.07.13)

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)

Ofqual reviews GCSE and A-level marking standards

Exam regulator Ofqual has published its first findings from a report on the quality of external marking, following complaints from schools. (11.06.13)

GA review of A-level geography subject content

The GA has responded to a review of A-level geography subject criteria led by the awarding organisations, giving its view on whether these are fit for purpose. (31.05.13)

GCSE & KS4 reform (02.05.13 update)

The GA highlights the importance of geography and argues that humanities should be compulsory at KS4.

UK Schoolchildren Urge World Leaders to Tackle 1.7m Global Teacher Deficit

Schoolchildren across the UK are invited to take part in the Send My Friend to School campaign to put pressure on world leaders to close the global teacher gap. (29.05.13)

GCSE & KS4 reform (12.03.13 update)

Education Secretary Michael Gove has produced revised proposals affecting all Key Stage 4 subjects following a public consultation. (12.03.13)

GCSE & KS4 reform (07.02.13 update)

The Secretary of State for Education has made an announcement on the reform of GCSEs. (07.02.13)

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