Information, resources and links to support you in your planning for the 2014 national curriculum. (Updated: 07.11.13)
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.
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.
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, former HMI and tireless supporter of geography and outdoor education, passed away on 23 September 2013. Obituary by Eleanor Rawling.
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)
Four young UK geographers took part in the 2013 International Geography Olympiad competition and walked away with two silver medals. (25.09.13)
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)
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)
Reformed GCSE subject consultation - GA response to DfE following feedback from GA groups and committees.
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)
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)
Exam regulator Ofqual has published its first findings from a report on the quality of external marking, following complaints from schools. (11.06.13)
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)
The GA highlights the importance of geography and argues that humanities should be compulsory at KS4.
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)
Education Secretary Michael Gove has produced revised proposals affecting all Key Stage 4 subjects following a public consultation. (12.03.13)
The Secretary of State for Education has made an announcement on the reform of GCSEs. (07.02.13)