Lobby Your MP
Calling all GA members!
We want to ensure that geography continues to be offered to all young people in school. The new Parliament has hundreds of brand new MPs and a new Department for Education. The GA has already made direct contact with Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, and Nick Gibb, Schools Minister.
However, we want to lobby every MP about why school geography matters, and we would like your help to do it...
1. Address an envelope to your MP. If you're not sure who your MP is, use the Find Your MP service on the UK Parliament website. The address for all MPs is: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
2. Download this template letter. It draws attention to the steady erosion of school geography and requests that your MP asks the Secretary of State for Education a question about it. Make sure you add your name and your MP's name.
You may like to personalise it further by adding information about geography in your school and why you think geography matters. Read David Lambert's recent article 'Crack curriculum's core and open a world of opportunities' (TES, 27.08.10) for some inspiration. You may also like to include a comment about the importance of fieldwork. Why not invite your MP to observe some great geography lessons in your school? Or you may prefer to write your own letter completely.
3. John Hopkin, GA President 2010-11, and David Lambert, GA Chief Executive 2002-12, have written the position paper 'One of humanity's big ideas': why school geography matters'. This argues the case for geography and explains how the provision of geography has been slowly eroded in schools. Download the article and send it, together with your letter, to your MP.
Alternatively you may like to email your MP and attach the article. You can find your MP's email address on the UK Parliament website.
4. Let us know if you make contact with your MP. Complete the short form below so we can compile a list of MPs that GA members have lobbied.