Just after midnight on 14 November, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island 55 miles north east of Christchurch. Two people have died, damage is estimated at $2 billion by the government and tens of thousands of landslides have been recorded.
Congratulations to Team UK who won three silver medals and one bronze medal at iGEO2016 in Beijing, an international geography competition. This was the UK's best ever result. Find out how to participate in the 2017 competition in Serbia here.
GCSE geography entries increased by 7% with 15,958 more students choosing to study the subject compared to the previous year.
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy at 03.36 (local time) on 24 August 2016 at a shallow depth of approximately 6km. The quake and subsequent aftershocks killed 295 people and injured 400 in the towns and villages of the Central Apennines mountain range, situated less than 100 miles north-east of the capital Rome where the quake was also felt.
Geography has the smallest gender gap of all A level subjects and remains the 8th most popular subject.
The Geographical Association is saddened by the news that the eminent geographer Doreen Massey has passed away.
The Physical geography photo competition, organised by the GA's Physical Geography Special Interest Group for a second year, encouraged students across the country to explore their surroundings to capture an image depicting a physical geography process, which they had to describe in a caption.
A new Ofsted report, published on 10 September 2015, explores whether students are sufficiently supported and challenged to make the best start to secondary school.
2015 is the year that could change 58 million children’s’ futures. World leaders will gather during September in New York to decide the future of the world’s children. The Send My Friend to School campaign is asking young people in the UK to imagine they are a world leader who can tell politicians what crucial decisions they would make to get every child worldwide into school. This resource page includes more information and links to free teaching resources for KS1-4 students.
Following the devestating 7.8-7.9 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal on 25 April, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck on 12 May. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Sindhupalchok district, north of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, an area badly damaged by the previous quake.
Fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning experiences are increasingly being recognised across the curriculum as a highly valuable tool for raising standards and skills in participants of all ages. The Year of Fieldwork brings together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and to offer support for those that wish to develop these further.
At 11.56 (NST) on 25 April, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing over 5000 people and injuring almost 8000.
Now in its fifth year, the GEA provides curriculum led training and support for science and geography teachers across the UK. The GEA is a fully accredited CPD training course, which will take place 23-26 July, and all expenses are paid. A complete pack of teaching resources will be available to all attendees.
Geography meets the interests of lecturers, teachers and students in Post-16 geography. To mark the journal's 100th volume, we are seeking views and suggestions from both readers and non-readers.
With clear signals of a looming crisis of teacher supply in geography, this report considers the impact of changes to ITE in England since 2010 and their effects on the quality and quantity of geography teachers being trained, and draws on a wide range of evidence to substantiate its findings and support its recommendations.
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.
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.
The final AS and A level geography content has been released by the DfE on the 18 December 2014. Full details here.
Following a 20 month period of extensive consultation we are delighted to unveil our new website. Some of these changes are outlined here.
The report is free to download. This page also includes up-to-date information on the changes that are taking place in the content and assessment of A level geography, with links to websites and documents for further information.
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.
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.
Geography remains the 8th most popular subject at GCSE with a higher than average percentage of A-C grades. The subject had the 5th highest percentage increase in GCSE entries with a rise in uptake for the third consecutive year.
Entries for geography A level increased by 135 (0.4%) despite a drop in entries for all A levels. Geography remains the 9th most popular subject.
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.
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.
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.
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 Associationâ€™s view that fieldwork in geography should not be assessed purely through theoretical examination questions.
Four young UK geographers took part in the 2013 International Geography Olympiad competition and walked away with two silver medals. (25.09.13)
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)
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)
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