For me the GA has been essential in allowing me to be in communication with the wider geographical community. It has enabled me to enhance my own subject knowledge so I know I am providing up to date information to my students which empowers them to understand what is happening in the wider world.
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The GA has been at the forefront of work with schools (primary and secondary) throughout their history. The GA produces a quarterly magazine ’Teaching Geography’ which covers mainly the secondary sector. It also produces ‘Primary Geography’ and ‘Geography’, the latter mainly aimed at HE but some articles are valuable for A level. It also has a ‘GA News’ publication.
Their website is very thorough and includes a wealth of ideas and materials for teachers. Included on the website is their extensive list of publications (both pedagogical and teaching resources).
The GA offers generic and bespoke training for schools and offers a curriculum development accreditation for teachers. There is also the GA Quality Mark for schools, a kite mark relating to good quality curriculum design.
The GA offers a wide range of resources for all aspects of geography and across all key stages. If you or your department is a member of the GA then you can access a wide range of resources to help with lesson planning. The GA also offer its members the opportunities to engage with CPD to help you to develop as a teacher.
Online and face to face training is a big part of the GA’s work. The training allows you to access the current thinking in the geographical world and consider how you can use this to enhance your own teaching. You can also access to the GA’s annual conference where you can meet other geography teachers to further develop you own subject knowledge and pedagogy.
As an ECT the GA will give you the opportunity to build up your subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches to improve the learning of students in your classes. As an ECT it is important to reflect on your teaching and GA and the resources it provides will help structure and guide this reflection to improve your confidence as a geography teacher.
As an ECT I would encourage you to engage with the GA at a local level via its local branches and at a national level to help shape the future of geography in schools. Also make full use of the GA to support your on-going professional development.
A series of podcasts from the GA, where the host John Lyon talks to a guests from within the Geography community, discussing their work and areas of interest.
A really good website where you can access a range of free and paid for resources to support your teaching of GCSE and A-level.
A useful website that can be used by students and teachers to support in the leaning and teaching of geography.
The Royal Geographical Society is a long-standing subject association which offers a range of lectures for students and staff, online resources to support learning and opportunities to engage with the wider geographical community.
Hear from the author of geography textbooks and the former president of the geographical association.
A Head of Geography, columnist, and author tweets about geography teaching and education.
Victoria Hewett, the author of ‘Making it as a Teacher’ tweets about geography teaching and education.