Year of Fieldwork

The Year of Fieldwork project took place in the academic year 2015 - 2016. It targeted all curriculum levels and was a collaborative project run in partnership with other organisations.

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 brought together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and offered support for those who wished to develop these further. Although initiated originally within the field of geography, these skills and the associated benefits can be enjoyed by all curriculum subjects.

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork were to:

  • increase the opportunities for pupils of all ages to experience high quality fieldwork
  • support the integration of fieldwork into the school curriculum from primary to post-16
  • raise awareness of the importance of fieldwork as a pedagogy and as a critical tool for geographers
  • promote the benefits of fieldwork as a skill across a wide range of subject areas.

As part of this, ESRI, Field Studies Council, the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) worked collaboratively to provide a range of resources and support.

The 2015 - 2016 academic year saw significant levels of fieldwork planning as schools integrated and prepared for new models of assessment and content, from National Curriculum through to A level. Schools and colleges across the country joined us in celebrating fieldwork and the opportunities it provides.

Related articles

Fieldwork at home (Primary Geography)

Nick Lapthorn and Kate Lewis look at the rich potential of doing fieldwork in the school grounds.

From the archive: fieldwork past and present (Teaching Geography)

At the start of the 'Year of fieldwork' Victoria selects five articles from the Teaching Geography archive to represent the changing views on the role and value of fieldwork.

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