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Thursday, April 16
 

12:00pm

Fieldwork Through Enquiry
This field visit will provide an opportunity to visit Guildford town centre with Alan Parkinson and John Widdowson. Drawing on ideas from their recently revised book Fieldwork Through Enquiry, the session will showcase how this (and other) urban locations can be used creatively for quantitative and qualitative data collection with different age groups.

Speakers
AP

Alan Parkinson

GA Junior Vice President 2019–20


Thursday April 16, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at Guildford train station (main entrance)

12:00pm

The changing industrial geography of Guildford
This field visit will take in several key industrial locations in the local area, including the Dennis works, the Slyfield Industrial Estate, the Guildford Business Park and the Surrey Research Park.

Speakers
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Richard Seymour

Retired teacher


Thursday April 16, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
GA reception desk University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

5:30pm

Today’s most vital tool: geography
A firm understanding of geography has never been more important. Global issues are reduced to manipulative headlines, influential opinions are formed by instant access to any subject anywhere on the planet and our virtual connections mean that we are in danger of losing the comprehensive geographical understanding and ground-truthing that is essential for smart decision-making. Paul Rose will use his recent explorations to show how geography is so vital to us and the planet.

Speakers
PR

Paul Rose

Broadcaster


Thursday April 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:15pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

6:15pm

Awards Presentations
The presentations will include the longstanding GA Publishers’ Awards, recognising materials that make a significant contribution to school geography, and the GA’s Quality Mark Awards. The GA will also be recognising achievements of individuals who have made outstanding contributions.

Thursday April 16, 2020 6:15pm - 7:00pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

7:00pm

Celebratory wine reception and buffet
Following the Public Lecture that officially opens the 2020 conference, we invite you to join us at Guildford Cathedral for a complimentary wine reception in the stunning art deco nave. A delicious informal buffet – including sage and caramelised onion homemade sausage rolls, honey and mustard coated chipolatas and vegetable spring rolls – will follow. Tickets are optional and priced at £15. Spaces are limited.

Thursday April 16, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Guildford Cathedral
 
Friday, April 17
 

9:00am

30 reasons why geography really matters
This lecture will outline 30 reasons why geography really matters. These will include our subject’s above average employment and wage rates, its part-STEM status in HE, its good gender balance and its relevance to the major challenges facing our societies and environments. The session will support teachers’ work to help students to choose geography and build a geographically literate society.

Speakers
SB

Steve Brace

Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
1AC01

9:00am

Coral reef or shipwreck? What is inspection evidence telling us about geography in English schools?
In this session we will explore what the Education Inspection Framework, launched in September 2019, and other work by Ofsted is telling us about the quality of geographical education in English primary schools.

Speakers
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Iain Freeland

National Lead for Geography, Ofsted


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
03MS01 University of Surrey

9:00am

Thawing permafrost - the tipping time bomb
The degradation of Arctic permafrost and the formation of ‘thermokarst’ represents one of the most dramatic impacts of climate change and a positive feedback with the potential to accelerate the release of carbon into the atmosphere. This session will examine the processes of permafrost degradation, their influence on the carbon cycle and the online resources available for its investigation.

Speakers
DR

Dr Richard Waller

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Keele University


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
2AC01

9:00am

Creative ideas from the Secondary Geography Quality Mark
This session will showcase a range of creative ideas from recent Secondary Geography Quality Mark submissions. Delegates will have the opportunity to try out a variety of ideas and will leave with copies of the resources to try back in school.


Speakers
avatar for Dr Rebecca Kitchen

Dr Rebecca Kitchen

CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager, Geographical Association
I have worked at the Geographical Association for 4 years, firstly as Secondary Curriculum Leader and more recently as CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager. Prior to this, I was Head of Geography at a girls' grammar school for 16 years where I was awarded the Ordnance Survey Award... Read More →


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
32MS01 University of Surrey

9:00am

Gamifying geographical concepts for engaged learning
This session will demonstrate how gamification can help students understand geographical concepts in an engaging and intuitive way. There will be hands-on activities to understand the design principles of game play and a discussion on how geographical concepts may be gamified and aligned to curricular outcomes.  

Speakers
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Rita Thia

Head of Department for Humanities
BB

Bee Bee Chan

Geography Teacher


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
62AP02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Geography matters
This workshop will introduce the importance of geography at different times, showcase ideas to link seasonal events to geography, consider geography through the local window, and explore geographical timescales – the past, present and future. Participants will undertake a carousel of activities then create and share lesson ideas to link local, national and international events to the timely teaching of geography using a ’12 months of geography’ grid.

Speakers
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Paul White

Head of Geography, Varndean School, Brighton


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
72MS03 University of Surrey

9:00am

Making geography matter during DofE expeditions
This hands-on workshop will explore different methods and activities to embed geographical skills, knowledge and understanding when students are undertaking their Bronze or Silver DofE expeditions so that the students realise that the geography of the area they are walking in really matters to them! The ideas can be used during training as well as during the expedition itself.

Speakers
PH

Paul Hunt

Subject Leader for Geography and DofE co-ordinator, The Appleton School


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
29AP02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Planning a five-year fieldwork scheme of work
This session will demonstrate how and why to plan for progression of fieldwork enquiries from year 7 to year 11. Activities will focus on: making the most of the area local to the school; using unfamiliar fieldwork contexts to reinforce understanding; and revision techniques for GCSE assessment. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of progression within fieldwork enquiries across the two key stages.

Speakers
AO

Andy Owen

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
39MS02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Problem solving with Digimaps
Tools such as Digimaps can develop and add value to critical thinking by supporting the presentation and analysis of data. This practical workshop will use Digimaps to consider geographical problems, including the critical evaluation of different perspectives and the best place to locate a police station.

Speakers
DP

Dr Paula Owens

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
AP Computer Lab 2 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

9:00am

Water cycle, atmosphere, ocean - interactive Earthlearningideas
The movement of water in the atmosphere oceans and through the water cycle is central to the teaching of physical geography, but much if it is far away or invisible. This workshop will help to make water movement tangible through a range of interactive Earthlearningidea activities.

Speakers
CK

Chris King

Emeritus Professor of Earth Science Education, Keele University


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
32MS03 University of Surrey

9:00am

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink? Questioning strategies in water quality investigations
This workshop combines the use of dialogic talk and spiral questioning strategies to guide students through various stages of Bloom’s taxonomy of critical thinking. We use a series of hands-on activities focused on the topic of water quality investigations to provide opportunities for teachers to select resources and craft questions that can engage students to create authentic enquiry learning opportunities.


Friday April 17, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
75MS02 University of Surrey

10:05am

Planning your coherent geography curriculum 11–16: an introduction to design tools
As a result of a recent research project Ofsted have developed a definition of curriculum based on intent, implement and impact. This thinking has been incorporated into the new inspection framework launched in September 2019. This session will introduce a range of design tools to help you consider these three I’s, including a progression framework to support the design process that make progress and assessment integral. 

Speakers
DG

David Gardner

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
39MS02 University of Surrey

10:05am

Geography really matters
In this lecture, Gill will discuss why geography really matters and the role geography teachers play in advocating for its essential contribution to education and society. Campaign, convince, commit!

Speakers
GM

Gill Miller

President, Geographical Association


Friday April 17, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
03MS01 University of Surrey

10:05am

Scale in Primary geography
Scale really matters, yet the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 mentions scale just once – to ‘explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.’. As a ‘big idea’ in geography, how do we build pupils’ sense of scale? Through an interactive smartphone quiz, this workshop will surprise, challenge and amaze you in showing how much of our sense of scale is wrong, inaccurate or even impossible to gauge.

Speakers
AB

Anthony Barlow

Principal Lecturer in Primary Geography Education, University of Roehampton


Friday April 17, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
32MS01 University of Surrey

11:10am

Key stage 3 geography really matters!
The GA’s forthcoming KS3 student materials will enthuse and engage students and teachers. While building on KS2 foundations, and introducing key geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that will be needed for GCSE, these innovative resources will keep KS3 a distinctive phase of education – one that really matters. Come and hear just a few of the activity ideas from a member of the author team.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 11:10am - 11:30am
62AP02 University of Surrey

11:20am

Future Geographers programme
11.20–12.00 Alice Griffiths, Teacher, Aylesbury High School
Quantitative and qualitative data in human geography fieldwork
This session will evaluate the pros and cons on different quantitative and qualitative sources for human geography independent investigations and fieldwork, focusing on the census, social media, interviews and questionnaires, and discuss the quality of data and the implications for investigations.

12.00–12.45 Alan Parkinson, GA Junior Vice President 2019–20 and Head of Geography at Kings Ely Junior
Geography: where can it take you?
This session will provide guidance for those thinking of studying geography at university, and explore the variety of exciting careers that studying geography can lead on to.

12.45–13.30 Lunch

13.30–14.30 Jennifer Johnston, Restless Earth Coordinator, British Cartographic Society
Restless Earth
This session will focus on cartographic practices, geography and teamwork. Working with information packs including large Japanese reference maps, teams will create their own disaster relief maps that include the flood zone, nuclear exclusion zone, key infrastructure and places of importance to the relief efforts for a given disaster-relief role – the military, a humanitarian agency, a search and rescue team, a medical team and the response co-ordinator.

14.30–14.45 Break

14.45–15.45 Amy and Ella, Kids Against Plastic
The next change maker is YOU (that's right, you!)
Amy (16) and Ella (14) will talk about how and why they founded their charity, Kids Against Plastic, and then give a practical and interactive workshop designed to inspire, empower and grow students’ change-making potential.

15.45–16.00 Closing comments
Gill Miller, GA President 2019–20


Friday April 17, 2020 11:20am - 4:00pm
80MS02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Geocapabilities 3: a ‘capabilities’ approach in challenging schools
This session presents the findings of Phase 3 of the Geocapabilities project. Focusing on geography teachers in challenging school circumstances, this cross-European project uses the rich theme of migration to look at how geographical knowledge, children’s perspectives and teaching approaches can be connected to enhance young people’s capabilities to make real choices about how they will live.


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:05pm
81MS02

11:40am

Unpacking themes: Broadening students' thinking of what matters in geography
Multiple geographies create every place or system but enabling students to recognise this is no easy trick! This campus-based field visit will explore activities including Guided Annotated Maps, Place Interrogation Cards and Place Hexagon-links to equip delegates with techniques suitable for any fieldtrip that will facilitate students’ thinking, broadening and deepening the range of potential NEA topics as a result.


Speakers
CF

Charlotte Foster

Senior Tutor, FSC Flatford Mill and FOLSIG member


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

11:40am

A Level Geography: guidance of exam technique in physical and human geography
This session will look in more detail at the expectations of the assessment across Papers 1 and 2, with some focus on 20 mark essays and a deeper analysis of the use of stimulus material across 6 and 9 mark questions with techniques to support students in developing the skills to engage with these question types across the papers.


Speakers
ER

Emma Rowe

Senior Associate, AQA


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
2AC01

11:40am

Geography and Geographers of the Anthropocene
Earth history has entered a new phase, whereby human thought is as significant as the unconscious laws of physics that have shaped the planet’s evolution over the previous 4.6 billion years. As we enter the Anthropocene, we will explore how this paradigm sits at the heart of geography and how we can prepare students to become citizens of the Anthropocene.

Speakers
SC

Simon Carr

Programme Lead in Geography, University of Cumbria


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

11:40am

Geography in Government
Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
75MS02 University of Surrey

11:40am

To fly or not to fly?: A critical thinking approach to responsible travel
In this lecture we will draw on our own experiences to explore the dilemma of ensuring that travel is sustainable and responsible. It will be argued that social, environmental, economic, health and political factors all interlink and need to be in balance and harmony to ensure that meaningful solutions to tackling climate change are identified. Drawing on our blog ‘To fly or not to fly? The challenges of going green’, we will explore a range of new and different points and perspectives in detail.


Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
1AC01

11:40am

Creative ideas from the Primary Geography Quality Mark
This session will showcase a range of creative ideas from recent Primary Geography Quality Mark submissions. You will have the opportunity to try out a variety of ideas and will leave with copies of the resources to try for yourself.


Speakers
JC

Jon Cannell

Primary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

11:40am

Effective selection and use of case studies for GCSE Geography
This session will look at effective teaching strategies (within a relatively low-tech classroom environment) for embedding AO1 knowledge with students, emphasising the need for them to be ‘place-specific’ in their use of case studies. The session will also explore our own ‘professional compass’ and our motives behind effective case study selection when the world is our oyster.


Speakers
JP

Jo Payne

Geography Subject Leader and Head of Humanities, Okehampton College


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

11:40am

How do we make good geographical decisions?
Decision making is an important aspect in the process of geographical enquiry and can highlight the relevance of geography’s importance in the real world. Therefore, this workshop will involve delegates in identifying the characteristics of ‘good’ decision making and suggest practical strategies for supporting students in the decision-making process.


Speakers
KR

Kit Rackley

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

11:40am

No more #CartoFails - Critical Geography for 21st-century geography
Maps are all around us, and are one of the most powerful ways of communicating geographic data, processes and patterns. With GIS it is easier than ever to make maps but easy doesn’t necessarily mean good! Participants will turn a critical eye to some bad maps and find out how to fix their #CartoFails.


Speakers
DM

David Morgan

Development Officer, Field Studies Council


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
AP Computer Lab 2 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

11:40am

The DRY project: teaching about drought in the UK
While we often bemoan the seemingly non-stop rain in the UK, we overlook the consequences of local drought. Drawing on evidence-based research from across the UK, this session will consider how geography lessons can discuss these consequences in the classroom. A free, beautifully illustrated, bespoke children’s book and associated teaching materials will be introduced to help give teachers the tools to tackle this controversial issue.



Speakers
VJ

Verity Jones

Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Where's the fun? Delivering an engaging key stage 3 curriculum
Key Stage 3 is where we encourage students’ passion and enthusiasm for geography, but has it become two or three years of preparation for GCSE? This session will explore how to best embed the skills and rigour needed for key stage 4 without losing the engagement and passion that should be at the heart of key stage 3.

Speakers
CS

Charlotte Syme

Learning Leader of Geography, Seven Kings School


Friday April 17, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

12:05pm

The complexity of secondary school students’ aspirations
This research seeks to explore the complexity of secondary school students’ aspirations based on research in a school in South Birmingham. In doing so it depicts the geography of social mobility and how this may vary according to location, adding to current literature that finds higher educational aspirations in larger cities. The research used focus groups and interviews to build a deeper understanding of student aspirations. Students emphasised the role not only of grades but also of parents in influencing their aspirations; the importance of parents was also echoed by the four teachers interviewed. Furthermore, the research explores the educational trajectories of students’ parents and older siblings and, in doing so, reveals a ‘mobile picture’ of the geographies of education. Finally, the research briefly examines teachers’ views on students’ cultural capital, and concludes by questioning whether tailored support for students who self-identify as having no familial link with higher education may be useful, as it is possible that these students may benefit from support the most.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 12:05pm - 12:30pm
81MS02

12:50pm

Increasing the awareness of a child's significance to geography
This session will be based on a five-stage cycle whereby children learning they can make positive changes in the world will lead to them becoming more engaged in and discovering how much geography really matters. My experience and suggestions on how to increase the awareness of a child’s significance to geography will be discussed in relation to the cycle.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 12:50pm - 1:10pm
28AP02 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

1:40pm

Using Teaching Atlases
Come and explore these Teaching atlases from TTS designed to develop locational knowledge and critical thinking and which link to the various UK National Curricula. We will explore practical activities, suitable for ages 5-12 in the context of our progression framework and discuss how these resources help children make sense of their world.

Speakers
DP

Dr Paula Owens

Consultant to the GA
BB

Ben Ballin

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Ready for take off: using key stage 4 to prepare more students for A level
Aimed at early career teachers but suitable for anyone, this session will focus on using assessment data and evidence-based strategies to boost attainment in key stage 4 by narrowing the gap between Grade 4 and Grade 7 responses, to support more students to become confident, accomplished and empowered geographers ready to undertake the challenge of A level.


Speakers
KS

Katy Salter

Geography Teacher, The Burgate School and Sixth Form


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
1AC01

1:40pm

Using data as evidence in a digital age
Most information used in school geography comes from the internet. This lecture, using examples, explores the opportunities offered by the wealth of resources on the WWW and also the challenges related to their reliability. It discusses how students might develop competences to use online resources confidently and critically to make sense of the world both in school and as citizens.


Speakers
MR

Margaret Roberts

Retired Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Bringing the world and its oceans into the classroom
The world is a big place, yet oceans, which comprise 70% of it, are often overlooked. Join us in bringing the oceans into the classroom, and explore sustainability with the experts working on the frontlines of research. Discover how to deliver the curriculum with case studies, live-lessons and technology, each providing a broad and balanced offering at all key stages.


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
AP Computer Lab 2 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

1:40pm

Connecting Classrooms through global learning
The workshop will provide an introduction to the British Council Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. There will be an overview of what is available to schools in terms of funding, training, resources and support, and participants will be guided through the process of forming partnerships with schools in other countries, deciding on a project and making an application.


Speakers
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Rob Unwin

Content and Team Leader, Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Getting to grips with the hard bits of primary geography
This practical session will explore progression models for primary geography and invite participants to submit the topics that they would like to explore in a practical way. You will leave feeling more confident at leading whole school geography and ensuring that geography really matters at this fundamental stage of education. David will draw upon his teaching experience in an all-through primary school and membership of the Ofsted geography working group.

Speakers
DR

David Rogers

Director of Standards, The Littlehampton Academy


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Got the gift of the (geography) gab?
In times of environmental and geopolitical uncertainty, geographers can share vital information worth listening to. So why can’t students move beyond reading from a PowerPoint when communicating ideas? How can we facilitate effective geographical oracy among our students, such that they too, in the Greta Thunberg era, have the tools to articulate their concerns about the world in which they live?

Speakers
CW

Caiti Walter

Deputy Head of Geography, Graveney School


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Nurturing confident and independent A level geographers
This workshop will address the challenges that students and their teachers encounter at A level. It will examine how students can address the literacy challenge of the new specifications, embrace the independence of wider reading and allow them to flourish in this demanding aspect of their geography education. For teachers, it will offer guidance on tackling core concepts and the synopticity of the curriculum, offer strategies on the NEA and consider how to stretch students to become independent geographers.

Speakers
PL

Paul Logue

Subject Leader KS5 Geography, Debden Park High School


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Pedagogies for diverse classrooms - why should geography matter to me?
As geography classrooms continue to diversify by all measures (culturally, linguistically, and cognitively), it is crucial that our pedagogical techniques accommodate all. This session seeks to equip teachers with awareness and constructivist techniques to ensure their pedagogical approaches empower rather than assimilate, with a goal to support continued geographical study and success for minority students.

Speakers
DS

Daryl Sinclair

Geography Teacher, Ecole Jeannine Manuel


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Building a fieldwork toolkit for early career teachers
What is the purpose of fieldwork in school geography? What does ‘outstanding’ outdoor learning look like? This hands-on session will aim to tackle these questions and build participants’ understanding of Outdoor Fieldwork Pedagogy. The session will support the development of fieldwork skills and build confidence in outdoor teaching for early career teachers by practically covering the principles of enquiry, purposeful fieldwork, outdoor delivery and health and safety.



Speakers
avatar for Dr Rebecca Kitchen

Dr Rebecca Kitchen

CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager, Geographical Association
I have worked at the Geographical Association for 4 years, firstly as Secondary Curriculum Leader and more recently as CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager. Prior to this, I was Head of Geography at a girls' grammar school for 16 years where I was awarded the Ordnance Survey Award... Read More →
JM

Janine Maddison

Education Development Officer, Field Studies Council


Friday April 17, 2020 1:40pm - 3:35pm
75MS02 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Toward effective meaning-making with multimodal data in geography through productive classroom talk
Teaching through geographical inquiry often prioritises engagement with authentic, multimodal data, and requires students to develop skills relevant to how geographers see, think, analyse and interpret data (Jackson, 2006). However, research in the Singapore context (Seow, 2015) revealed that geography teachers are unsure how to scaffold students’ engagement with multimodal forms of data in the classroom. This paper reports on a project aimed at addressing this difficulty. The project targeted six teachers working in three secondary schools in Singapore. Using data collection methods such as recordings of lessons, teacher interviews, student focus group discussions and surveys, and students’ written work, the project aimed to (1) Build on productive Talk Moves approaches for integrating the effective use of classroom talk to guide multimodal data analysis, interpretation and construction in geography; (2) Examine the impact of a focus on productive classroom talk for teaching and learning using multimodal data in geography. This presentation shares the main findings from the project, and makes strategic recommendations for how teachers can better engage students in productive talk around geographical data in order to construct geographical knowledge.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:10pm
81MS02

2:45pm

Is Africa developing? Challenging some popular perspectives
The lecture will examine some popular perceptions of Africa and will consider whether development is occurring at continental, national and local levels. Using evidence drawn from first-hand research in different parts of Africa, the lecture relates to some key themes in the geography A level syllabuses such as globalisation, spatial and social inequalities, changing places, sustainable development and resource security.

Speakers
PT

Professor Tony Binns

School of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

2:45pm

More than just a school trip
This session will outline the benefits of learning outside the classroom and the positive impact it can have on students’ awareness of the world around them and their impact upon it. Learn more about how taking a school trip can bring to life the relevance of geography, provide students with unrivalled learning opportunities, and give them a bridge into the world beyond the classroom.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Our planet is changing... Get me out of here!
Our natural world is changing. More than ever, geography is at the forefront of education for our changing planet. Huw James takes you through an interactive session on exciting geography, science and resources to help engage your students.

Speakers
HJ

Huw James

scientist, adventurer and educator, Eduqas


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Pandas, penguins, sharks, elephants and swallows
This session will demonstrate how landscapes and animals can help to bring the study of the continents alive. Considering big concepts in teaching geography to under 7s, the National Curriculum requirements and misconceptions, we will show how the wonders of nature can help us to teach children.

Speakers
AB

Anthony Barlow

Principal Lecturer in Primary Geography Education, University of Roehampton


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
1AC01

2:45pm

Wakey, wakey Rosenshine! GIS and geography pedagogy
GIS is an important component of contemporary geography teaching. This lecture will explore how ArcGIS Online structures encounter with new material and geographical thought as outlined in Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction. An essential session for teachers looking to embed GIS into their curriculum and teaching practice.

Speakers
DK

Dr Katie Hall

GIS for Schools programme manager, ESRI UK
JS

Jason Sawle

Head of Education, ESRI UK


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Could geography save the world?
Climate breakdown is the defining issue of our generation. Drawing on Paul’s experience as a UN Climate Change Teacher and member of Extinction Rebellion, this session will discuss pressing questions such as: Are we teaching climate change wrong? Why has progress been so slow? Should we be more radical in our teaching? How can geography facilitate a better world?

Speakers
PT

Paul Turner

Head of Geography, Bedales School


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
2AC01

2:45pm

Better evaluation of geographical data
Evidence from recent examiner reports at GCSE and A level suggest that students find evaluation at all stages of geographical enquiry challenging; often it is limited to their methodologies and tends towards the superficial. This workshop provides practical strategies for supporting students in evaluating different types of data and in building evaluation throughout their enquiries so that they can see how the limitations of their methods impact on their results and conclusions.

Speakers
GM

Gemma Mawdsley

Consultant to the GA


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
28AP02 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

2:45pm

Enquiry-based learning into water management: a case study using the River Chess
This workshop will showcase enquiry-based learning resources to investigate different approaches to managing water supply and the water cycle in the face of water insecurity. The session will explore web-based resources, giving you hands-on experience of activities to use in the classroom and the field. The educational material arises from a public engagement project to develop a water management plan for the River Chess.

Speakers
PK

Professor Kate Heppell

Professor of Physical Geography, Queen Mary, University of London
KA

Kate Amis

Widening participation and School's liaison officer, Queen Mary, University of London


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Get your head out of the (word) clouds: analysing qualitative data using coding
How can we increase student confidence and competence in following-up large amounts of qualitative fieldwork data? This session will explore activities to introduce coding techniques and engage students in creative qualitative data presentation, and will showcase inventive student examples to bridge the gap between qualitative data and statistical tests.

Speakers
RL

Robyn Landy

Senior Tutor, Field Studies Council


Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
32MS03 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Improving student performance at GCSE using the Examiner's reports
This workshop will take the approach of the recent Ofsted framework – the ‘Intent’ being the specification aims, the ‘Implementation’ being the curriculum, and the ‘Impact’ being seen in the light of the 2018 and 2019 GCSE results and the examiners’ reports – and explore strategies to bring about improvement.

Speakers

Friday April 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

3:10pm

Let’s talk: the importance of collaboration, communication and networking in education
Our professional knowledge is socially constructed. Collaboration within departments, with our peers and in communities of practice provide educators with opportunities to be social, co-create knowledge and learn from each other. This synergism is especially important for early career teachers who are not fully conversant with curriculum and pedagogic discourse associated with school geography. This paper presents initial findings from a small-scale case study research project, which explores how PGCE students, based in the School of Education at the University of Leicester, develop collaborative practices and benefit from being connected with other teachers and academics. It then provides examples of collaborative projects and networking opportunities developed in schools and universities, which highlight the importance of the subject to school students, enrich their education about the dynamic world in which we live and raise awareness of the opportunities a geography degree can provide.


Friday April 17, 2020 3:10pm - 3:35pm
81MS02

3:50pm

Meeting the needs of complex times with a complex approach: a resource for teaching global issues
Inspired by the International Youth White Paper on Global Citizenship (2017) and SDG 4.7, this workshop presents a resource for teaching global issues created by teachers in England, Finland and Sweden. We will run through activities, piloted in geography classrooms in England, that support teachers to deepen their existing practice while meeting recommendations from UNESCO and from the latest research.


Friday April 17, 2020 3:50pm - 4:10pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Engaging with atlas maps
How do pupils develop their ideas about different places and countries around the world? How can atlas maps contribute to their understanding of contemporary issues such as population growth and climate change? This lecture considers the value of atlas maps and draws on research to argue that world map knowledge, far from being neutral, is in fact emotionally ‘hot’.

Speakers
SS

Stephen Scoffham

Visiting Reader in Sustainability and Education, Canterbury Christ Church University


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
1AC01

4:20pm

Investigating lived space: powerful knowledge and the non-examined assessment
Based on Ed Soja’s framework of Firstspace, Secondspace and the ‘lived’ experiences of Thirdspace, this session will offer approaches that can be used to help students develop their fieldwork. The session will explore the ways in which ‘Lived space’ can be considered an example of ‘powerful geographical knowledge’ that can develop the capabilities of young people.

Speakers
DR

Dr Richard Bustin

Head of Geography, Lancing College


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Systems thinking in geography: showing why geography matters
Geography is about understanding the natural systems of the world. These systems are characterised by powerful cause and effect interactions and feedback. Systems thinking provides us with tools and techniques for understanding these interactions and their consequences. It gives students a deeper conceptual understanding of geographical systems and their importance to tackling global challenges. Systems thinking shows why geography really matters.

Speakers
KT

Kerry Turner

Educator and PhD researcher in systems science


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
2AC01

4:20pm

What is going on in geography elsewhere in the UK?
A panel presentation/discussion including representatives from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as a representative from Ofsted. The group will look at geographical education in their particular jurisdictions and the issues that face the teacher and the administrator.

Speakers
IP

Iain Palôt

Secretary, COBRIG


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

ExcEPTional geography teaching
This session will focus on how the adoption of a simplified teaching and learning model based around the guidance report by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on metacognition and self-regulated learning and the core precepts of Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction has led to a refocusing of how geography is taught in the classrooms at our schools.

Speakers
DC

Dan Cowling

Deputy Headteacher, Vyners School
SB

Sally Brown

Head of Geography, Vyners School
NB

Natalie Batten

Head of Geography, Bishopshalt School


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
32MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Geography and well-being: experiences that really matter
The New Economic Foundation’s ways to wellbeing will be familiar to geographers: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. These are features of life that really matter! This practical workshop will use these five ways to explore the contribution that high quality geographical learning can make in nurturing children’s well-being and promoting their psychological resilience. It will include plenty of ‘take-away’ plans, ideas and examples of work from schools.

Speakers
JT

Julia Tanner

Education consultant
DS

Dr Susan Pike

Assistant Professor in Geography Education


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Ideas for knowledge-rich learning in fieldwork
Knowledge-rich learning is now well-established in geography classrooms and many departments have schemes of work that reflect this approach to teaching. Fieldwork has traditionally been removed from such thinking under the misconception of it being too ‘skills-rich’ to be applicable. This session highlights the importance of knowledge-rich fieldwork experiences and focuses on practical advice for making it work.

Speakers
CS

Chloe Searl

Independent fieldwork tutor


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
28AP02 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

4:20pm

Making literacy matter in GCSE geography
This session will consider the importance of reading, writing and oracy when delivering urban case study material at GCSE. Using Rio and Manchester case studies, it will look at pedagogical approaches to teaching literacy, including the comprehension of reading, grammatical handling, and effective writing strategies. Delegates will leave with ideas that really matter in preparing students for the literacy demands of GCSE.

Speakers
RK

Rachel Kay

Head of Geography, Salendine Nook High School


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Mentoring with geography in mind
Mentoring beginner and newly qualified geography teachers can occasionally be reduced to ticking boxes and focusing on generic targets. This session offers geography teacher mentors space to explore practical strategies to support the development of geography teachers in school, drawing on the idea that geography really matters in mentoring.

Speakers
MP

Maria Palombo

Geography Teacher Educator


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Teaching global issues: powerful yet problematic
One of geography’s superpowers is its relevance. Teaching about global issues is powerful but can also be problematic. This session will look at how teachers can teach about these areas in an informed and supportive way, carefully navigating the potentially turbulent waters ahead. Climate change, migration issues and aid will be key foci.

Speakers
CO

Catherine Owen

Head of Geography, The King Alfred School an Academy


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

4:20pm

The importance of real world data for understanding ecosystems
Participants will use the iRecord app to collect data on local biodiversity and learn how to access this data for analysis. We will collect data on local microclimates using a variety other apps and scaffolds. Emphasis will be on the importance of real-world data in understanding the stresses on ecosystems, species and microclimate.

Speakers
IH

Iain Hartshorne

Education Team Leader, Malham Tarn Field Centre


Friday April 17, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
75MS02 University of Surrey
 
Saturday, April 18
 

9:00am

Applying geodemographic data to create social maps
Geodemographics can inform school leaders about social, cultural and economic characteristics, including variance among local communities. Through action research I have investigated how implementation of geodemographics can be used to inform school leaders of the individual needs of students. Using maps to graphically represent data allows leaders to investigate the effects of inequality upon learners over time.

Speakers
TM

Tim Mullen-Furness

Assistant Headteacher and EdD student, University of Cambridge


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
1AC01

9:00am

Critical school geography: Roger Firth in conversation with John Huckle
While school geography has improved immeasurably in recent decades, its critical elements remain underdeveloped despite resources that critical academic geographers and educationalists provide. Critical or socialist school geography draws on these and in this session, Roger will question John about his new eBook Critical School Geography, drawing on chapters and curriculum units that can be freely downloaded from John's website.

Speakers
JH

John Huckle

Independent writer and researcher
DR

Dr Roger Firth

Associate Professor of Geography Education, University of Oxford


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
28AP02 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

9:00am

Inspiring future conservationists with engaging curriculum design
Over the past three years, Chester Zoo and Ignite TSA have been working together to develop a conservation curriculum and inspire the next generation of conservationists. This session will share how conservation themes were embedded across the school curriculum. Join us as we celebrate children, their schools and communities coming together to take action for wildlife.

Speakers
SD

Sean Dick

Assistant Team Manager - Education Officer, Chester Zoo
ER

Emily Reid

Assistant Headteacher, St Bernard's Primary School


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
2AC01

9:00am

The end of the great acceleration - why it's good for the planet, the economy and our lives
Fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, increases in life expectancy and even the frequency of new social movements have all steadily declined over the last few generations, with the latest data from the most remote places now confirming that slowdown in upon us. Why not embrace the current slowdown as a moment of promise and a move towards stability?

Speakers
PD

Professor Danny Dorling

Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
03MS01 University of Surrey

9:00am

Bringing children's geographies into the classroom
When children and young people enter our classrooms, they bring with them rich and varied experiences and imaginations of the world. This session offers a space of philosophical discussion and practical consideration as to how, and why, geography teachers can draw upon children’s geographies in their ‘curriculum making’.

Speakers
LH

Lauren Hammond

Lecturer in geography education, UCL Institute of Education
PJ

Professor John McKendrick

Professor in Social Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
32MS03 University of Surrey

9:00am

Developing arguments and reasoning in geography
The importance of being able to provide evidenced argument and to construct and develop a line of reasoning that is coherent, relevant and logically structured is central to the study of geography. This workshop provides practical strategies for developing students’ argumentation and reasoning skills, and includes the opportunity for delegates to think about this in the context of their own curriculum design.

Speakers
EE

Emma Espley

Consultant to the GA


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
80MS02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Leading Primary Geography: making the most of the new geography handbook for all primary teachers
In this workshop, Tessa Willy editor of Leading Primary Geography, the GA’s new handbook for teachers in all primary schools, will outline the content of the book and consider effective strategies for make the best use of it for subject leaders, classroom teachers and teacher educators.

Speakers
DP

Dr Paula Owens

Consultant to the GA
TW

Tessa Willy

Primary PGCE Programme Lead, UCL Institute of Education


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
32MS01 University of Surrey

9:00am

Managing the NEA for success: reflections, tools and ideas
This interactive session offers a chance to reflect on the first three years of the ‘new’ A levels and will discuss ways to develop practice. We will explore powerful tools and strategies to support students in completing successful NEAs including GIS and Survey 1,2,3. Experiences, ideas and resources will be shared to help support teachers and students with this vital part of A level.

Speakers
SH

Simon Holland

Geography Teacher, Bilborough Sixth Form College
CC

Chris Collins

Head of Faculty for Geography and Biology, Bilborough Sixth Form College


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
39MS02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Participatory geography: Layers of London and the Booth poverty maps
Using the Layers of London website, this workshop will focus on a new online initiative involving schools to vectorise the Booth Poverty Maps of London through a participatory process. This enables students to explore social inequalities and learn first-hand how the process of mapping can help to raise awareness about social issues and social justice.

Speakers
AC

Adam Corsini

Public Engagement Officer, Layers of London, The Institute of Historical Research


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
29AP02 University of Surrey

9:00am

Resources for supporting quality geography ITE
The GA National Research Report ‘Geography Initial Teacher Education in England’ called for the creation of quality criteria for geography ITE. This session will introduce resources, including exemplification, links and models of approaches, to support these quality criteria in the primary phase. It will encourage those involved in primary initial teacher training to reflect upon and share aspects of their own offer and also use the quality criteria to consider how they might further refine this.

Speakers
CB

Chris Barlow

Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria


Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am
72MS03 University of Surrey

10:05am

Keynote Address: Flooding in England – past, present and future
England has always faced flooding and coastal surges but recent flood experience and climate projections show the nation is now more at threat than ever. John will talk about the long history of flooding in England, the current risks we face as a nation and how we must change how we deal with flooding and coastal change.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
03MS01 University of Surrey

10:05am

Stretching the top at GCSE
This session will offer advice and techniques to stretch and challenge students at the top end at GCSE – those seeking to gain the elusive 9 score. It will consider how to challenge them geographically and inspire them to want to continue to study geography at A level.

Speakers
DP

Daisy Parkes

Head of Geography, Brighton College
AD

Alison Dunphy

Head of Secondary Geography PGCE, University of Cambridge


Saturday April 18, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
72MS03 University of Surrey

10:05am

A European region and the influence of the Greeks
This workshop will combine a study of Ancient Greece with a European regional study at key stage 2, helping you get the most out of your history and geography planning. Hand-on activities will offer an integrated enquiry approach that contributes to place and locational knowledge, physical and human geography and an understanding of the impact of the Ancient Greeks.

Speakers
BB

Ben Ballin

Consultant to the GA


Saturday April 18, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
39MS02 University of Surrey

10:05am

Ingenious India: emerging cities, changing places
This session will present a series of practical, accessible and relevant teaching and learning resources linked to the KS3–5 curriculum that have been developed following the 2019 GA study tour to India. Topics will include: water security and the challenge of resource management, emerging cities, changing places, human and animal conservation conflict, sustainable fashion and women's empowerment through livelihood initiatives. The resources are available to download from the GA website.

Speakers
IS

Imogen Sahi

Stepwell Education Organisation


Saturday April 18, 2020 10:05am - 10:55am
32MS01 University of Surrey

11:10am

Gaining confidence in GIS at key stage 3
This session will demonstrate how fieldwork and GIS can be integrated within key stage 3 to develop students’ confidence and independence, allowing them to be more competent at GCSE. It will also consider how to cope with the wide range of ICT skills of students arriving in key stage 3.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 11:10am - 11:30am
62AP02 University of Surrey

11:40am

The Role of gender in fieldwork
Much has been written in geography on the transition between school and university (Jeffrey, 2003; Stannard, 2003; Hill and Jones, 2010). There has been less focus on the role of fieldwork in this transition and, in particular, on the role of gender in fieldwork. This paper draws on the work of Bondi (2009), McGuiness (2009) and Madrell (2016) to examine the views of first year BA Geography, BSc Geography and BSc Geography and Environmental Management undergraduates from 2011 to 2014, expressed in initial and return questionnaires completed around a weekend fieldtrip to Edinburgh early in their first semester. The initial questionnaires show attitudes that the undergraduates brought with them from their school experiences of fieldwork, while the return questionnaires give an insight into their views after their first experience of university fieldwork. The findings emphasise the importance of gender in the fieldwork experience.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:05pm
81MS02

11:40am

India: from tigers to tetra bags
Devika sets up autonomous micro business units across India. Her work with Dastkar started following the creation of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve that required thousands of villagers to move from the forest to barren land. The women from these communities now have craft skills that finance their homes. Devika’s most recent enterprise is making bags from tetra packs in Bengaluru.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
1AC01

11:40am

Urban risk and environmental resilience in a changing world
While cities have long been associated with sanctuary and safety they now appear to be in the crosshairs of a series of significant environmental threats. This session explores the connections between changing environments and rapidly transforming urban landscapes. It will highlight the varied risks that urban places now face, but also consider how socio-environmental resilience can be forged within cities.


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

11:40am

Gi-Pedagogy: Innovative pedagogies for teaching with geoinformation
Gi-Pedagogy Project is an Erasmus+ project that aims to establish the most effective pedagogies for teaching with GIS. The focus of this session will be to present the main findings of a review of the current teaching methods to demonstrate which of the current pedagogies has been found to be most effective.


Speakers
SW

Sophie Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Geography, St Mary's University, Twickenham


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
32MS03 University of Surrey

11:40am

What should geography teach about humanity and the future?
Being an intergenerational conversation, education must necessarily offer young people a sense of hope for the future. Drawing on influences from the humanities and social sciences, and with issues such as climate change high on the agenda, we ask why should geographers celebrate and advocate for progress, and how can we push back at the narrative of despair and panic?


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
2AC01

11:40am

Responsible travel: challenges and solutions
International fieldtrips offer a valuable chance for students to experience different cultures and environments but with an increased focus on sustainability, climate change and the importance of individual action becoming more publicised, what are the potential solutions to the socio-economic and environmental issues surrounding tourism? This session will allow delegates to hear from different speakers about their solutions and discuss the possible routes forward.

Speakers
AF

Adrian Ferraro

STC Expeditions
SS

Stephen Scoffham

Visiting Reader in Sustainability and Education, Canterbury Christ Church University


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Children's everyday geographies really matter!
Primary children’s lives abound with stimuli for meaningful geographical learning. This practical workshop will explore how pupils’ experiences at home, school, and of the wider world, are indispensable as starting points for relevant and purposeful learning activities. It focuses on locational knowledge and using mathematical tools in geography, drawing on ideas developed for the GA’s Everyday Guide to Primary Geography series.


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Creating fieldwork experiences that teach why geography matters
The evidence is clear that fieldwork can be transformative and create/curate compelling experiences that change students’ outlook on their world. Accompanying the FOLSIG fieldtrip this workshop will help you deliver life-changing fieldwork experiences, turning your fieldwork into something more than the ordinary, and maximising every opportunity to change lives, transform outcomes and leave lasting memories.

Speakers
CF

Charlotte Foster

Senior Tutor, FSC Flatford Mill and FOLSIG member
CS

Chloe Searl

Independent fieldwork tutor


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

11:40am

Investigating national peatlands with global implications
Peatlands are highly significant to worldwide efforts to combat climate change, but damaged peatlands contribute gigatons of greenhouse gases globally. These complex environments provide ample opportunities for independent investigations. Join representatives from the FSC and Snowdonia National Park to explore fieldwork methodologies including carbon content estimation, using the visual quality index, peatbog geomorphological mapping through GIS and calculation of peatland carbon credits.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
75MS02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Sampling as a way in to big data
‘Big data’ is a feature of A level geography specifications and this workshop will discuss what we mean by ‘big data’ and how it is collected. However, ‘big data’ in its raw state is not an easy thing for teachers and their students to work with. Therefore, practical strategies of using sampling as a way into looking at ‘big data’ will be shared.

Speakers
JC

Jon Cannell

Primary Curriculum Leader, Geographical Association


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
80MS02 University of Surrey

11:40am

Thinking critically about GCSE geography fieldwork
This workshop will enable delegates to explore resources to develop critical thinking skills in fieldwork from the GA’s critical thinking CPD programme, reflect on the fieldwork assessment and the ‘unfamiliar fieldwork’ questions, and discover techniques for supporting and developing critical thinking skills with different groups of students. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share good practice.

Speakers
CO

Catherine Owen

Head of Geography, The King Alfred School an Academy


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

11:40am

Working together to make geography really matter
This session will celebrate the power of collaboration between geography teachers and students. The workshop will showcase examples of successful collaboration, including the setting up of a regional geography hub, a cross-phase project on waste and recycling (KS1–5), and the planning of joint training sessions on topics such as GIS and fieldwork. The session will also provide an active forum for sharing ideas and will be a valuable opportunity for participants to set up new links.

Speakers
DF

Denise Freeman

Oaks Park High School


Saturday April 18, 2020 11:40am - 12:30pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

12:05pm

Autistic Spectrum Disorder and fieldwork
  1. Soft skills have been identified as being imperative to the transition of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into post-school employment. Extensive literature references the potential for outdoor education to facilitate the development of such skills. Despite this, minimal research had been conducted into whether an outdoor education event could be used as a tool for the development of the soft skills of students with ASD. Research was therefore conducted using a case study approach with six students who had recently attended an outdoor education event. It was found that students perceived themselves to have gained the following soft skills: communication, team work, problem solving and leadership. Additionally, it was found that the retrospective reflection on the outdoor education event that was facilitated by questionnaires, focus groups and photo-elicitation had a positive impact on the students’ ability to appreciate the soft skills that they had developed.


Saturday April 18, 2020 12:05pm - 12:30pm
81MS02

12:50pm

Why geography really matters to Worcester PGCE secondary geographers
PGCE geographers from the University of Worcester will share the geography that has really mattered to them and their students in their first two terms of teacher training, from their experiences of the geography that matters most to their learners, to how they have developed their own sense of the geography of the placement schools they have been linked to.


Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 12:50pm - 1:10pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

1:15pm

Learning for linearity: how to improve place knowledge, recall and application at A level
This session will report on a successful action research project (2019) in sixth form college with >300 A level geographers that explored how to use powerful techniques and methods to help students learn and memorise place information. Find out how to help your students cope with the increased memorization load and the complex ways they need to apply knowledge in timed conditions.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:15pm - 1:35pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

An exploration of the use of maps and mapping to support inclusion in primary schools – an initial review of the literature
Maps have always been an essential part of our geography curriculum.  However, the only published resource mentioned in the primary National Curriculum (2013) are Ordnance Survey Maps. Such maps can help with what could be determined a life skill – map reading. This session will consider literature related to whether maps and mapping can support inclusion, including research on map reading for children who are blind and research related to whether maps may potentially help children with transitions during the school day. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and also to offer their insights into this field.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:05pm
81MS02

1:40pm

Critical vision – from critical thinking to critical practice
Drawing on 30 years’ experience as a documentary filmmaker and educational resource producer at Pumpkin Interactive, this session will explore ideas and strategies to encourage teachers and students to think critically about the visual media used in textbooks and lessons and how we can extend this thinking into practice when it comes to planning lessons, A level NEAs and IB EEs.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
2AC01

1:40pm

International migration: gateway from youth to adulthood?
This session will question whether international migration is a gateway for enhanced transition from youth to adulthood, or a digression from the challenges of building a career, home and independence. It draws on the speaker’s long experience of researching different forms of migration and mobility in the EU, especially in Eastern and Southern Europe and the UK.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
1AC01

1:40pm

The infamous Eyjafjallajökull: 10 years on
When the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted on 20 March 2010, thousands of people, including many students and teachers, were stranded over the Easter holidays as European airspace closed and the fragilities of an ever-globalised world were exposed. Ten years on, we reflect on how this small volcanic event had such a significant impact both nationally and globally.

Speakers
KC

Karen Corfield

Area Manager, Discover the World Education


Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Evaluating the educational benefits of immersive imagery at KS4
Recent technological advances have facilitated the collection and classroom availability of ‘immersive imagery’ with the potential to enhance students’ understanding of unfamiliar landscapes, features and concepts. This session will provide a practical demonstration and evaluation of the uses, benefits and challenges of 360° imagery in the context of GCSE geography and the study of river landscapes in the UK.

Speakers
DR

Dr Richard Waller

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Keele University


Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
AP Computer Lab 2 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

1:40pm

'Thinking like an archaeologist' for geographical enquiries
Geography and archaeology are both about places and people in the past, present and future. This workshop offers opportunities to: explore notions of place, time and interconnected lives; engage hands-on with real artefacts; apply mapping/image interpretation skills; and review primary pupils’ responses to similar challenges. How might ‘thinking like an archaeologist’ enhance your classroom geographical enquiries?

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Celebrating subject specialist knowledge and reflective practice of trainee teachers through lesson study
The benefits of lesson study in developing the practice of teachers have been discussed widely. In this session we will explore the value and potential of deploying a peer-based approach of lesson study with geography trainees during ITE and consider the impacts upon habits of sharing and building subject specific knowledge and reflective practice. Delegates will leave with strategies for developing this approach with NQTs and trainees within their departments.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Dealing with the naughty world
Models and systems make physical geography neat and tidy but the real world is much more ‘naughty’. This workshop explores practical teaching approaches that help students at all levels think critically about evidence, reasoning and argumentation and develop their understanding of how to interpret physical geography, not least because in this day and age real world physical geography really matters!

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Developing evaluation skills in your geography classroom
Investigating with an open mind; considering all sides of an issue; proposing solutions and empathising across a spectrum of views – these skills and qualities aren’t just geographical, but are also the key to being well-rounded citizens. This workshop will focus on practical classroom strategies for developing such skills.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Engaging in Humanities to make geography really matter
Geography really matters as part of a broad and balanced curriculum but many schools use themes or topics. This practical workshop will allow participants to start thinking not only geographically, but also through a Humanities lens, in order to develop curriculum intent. You’ve heard of STEM, so why not put Humanities on your timetable as a way to find space for more geography?

Speakers
AB

Anthony Barlow

Principal Lecturer in Primary Geography Education, University of Roehampton
SS

Stephen Scoffham

Visiting Reader in Sustainability and Education, Canterbury Christ Church University


Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
39MS02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Making KS3 really matter
This workshop will explore how curriculum intent is translated into the classroom at key stage 3. The importance of the ‘Three I’s’ (Inspiration, Imagination and Involvement) when designing a programme of study, lesson planning and selecting resources will be examined. Delegates will take part in practical activities, and will leave with a range of ideas and resources that really matter at KS3.

Speakers
RK

Rachel Kay

Head of Geography, Salendine Nook High School


Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm
75MS02 University of Surrey

1:40pm

Faster, smarter fieldwork - GIS for geographical enquiry
Join representatives from FSC and ESRI UK to explore GIS and fieldwork. Get hands-on experience of using ArcGIS Online to help develop enquiry questions and plan data collection, before going out and about on campus using GIS to collect smarter data faster. Back in the classroom, we will showcase best practice for data analysis and presentation for KS3 and beyond.

Speakers
DM

David Morgan

Development Officer, Field Studies Council
DK

Dr Katie Hall

GIS for Schools programme manager, ESRI UK


Saturday April 18, 2020 1:40pm - 3:35pm
AP Computer Lab 3 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

2:45pm

GIS in geography education: towards a hierarchical geospatial enquiry approach
This paper examines the opportunities of using a more hierarchical approach to geospatial enquiry in using GIS to teach geography. A case is made that it is not just the lack of teacher technological knowledge that is stopping some teachers from using GIS in the classroom but that there is a gap in their understanding of how to link GIS use more specifically to the pedagogy of teaching geography with GIS. Using Hwang’s hierarchy of geospatial enquiry (2015) as an analytical framework, this presentation makes a case for identifying the specific components of spatial thinking accessible in GIS that can help build geospatial enquiry and the creation of powerful geography knowledge in a more systematic way. This shows how spatial distribution, interaction, relation, comparison and temporal relationships can be used by teachers more explicitly to capitalise on the analytical power of GIS. An exemplar illustrating this approach on the topic of climate change impact will be presented for critical analysis and discussion. Recommendations will be made for a model of progression for geography teacher education with GIS through hierarchical geospatial enquiry that takes into account beginner, intermediate and more advanced users.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:10pm
81MS02

2:45pm

Shape the future of the GA
Come and join an open session to discuss the GA’s strategic direction from 2020–25. Delegates will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the ways in which the GA can further geographical knowledge through education.

Speakers
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Paul Logue

Subject Leader KS5 Geography, Debden Park High School


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

2:45pm

GCSE geography: improving students’ fieldwork performance
This session will demonstrate how teachers can support students by developing fieldwork skills throughout years 7–11. It will provide a reminder of the Paper 3 skills requirements and discuss how to embed this into teaching. The focus will be on the students’ own fieldwork, looking at four key elements and improving student outcomes on the questions relating to their own fieldwork enquiries.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
1AC01

2:45pm

The importance of having a UN accredited climate change teacher in every school
This session will talk about becoming a UN accredited climate change teacher and the importance of having a such a teacher in every school. It will consider the push for climate change to be on the education agenda, and how to develop a climate change curriculum across all subjects and key stages.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Supporting students through the transition from GCSE to A level
Academic transitions can pose significant challenges to students, with their successful navigation requiring significant changes to their personal and academic approaches to learning and the acquisition of new skills. This session will explore the specific challenges related to transitions from GCSE to A level and the ways in which these can be addressed within an A level context.

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Dr Richard Waller

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Keele University


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
2AC01

2:45pm

Climate services in the classroom: from experts to education
This workshop will allow you to explore powerful interactive climate services designed for industry but useful for the classroom. It will also introduce a brand new free, online interactive tool to explore climate and energy data designed for educational use in consultation with teachers and experts thanks to funding from the European Commission through the ECMWF Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

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Kit Rackley

Consultant to the GA


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
AP Computer Lab 2 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

2:45pm

Exploring the ‘recipe’ for success with titles for the Independent Investigation
This interactive workshop will explore and deconstruct a variety of titles for investigation and whether there are ‘ingredients’ for encouraging an effective investigative process. The main aim of the session is to understand more about where students start with their titles, how they can be developed and the components of a title which can support a manageable investigation.


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
39MS02 University of Surrey
  • Audience P16
  • Sponsored by OCR

2:45pm

Getting students to ‘wave’: facilitating authentic extended geographical writing
This workshop aims to explain how understanding semantic waves could help students improve their extended writing. It will examine how we can help students visualise what criticality looks like, how we can facilitate this in classroom discussion and, ultimately, support authentic written work. In addition, we aim to examine how making feedback ‘visual’ might help to make it more transparent.

Speakers
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Esther Vernon

Saffron Walden County High School
AD

Alison Dunphy

Head of Secondary Geography PGCE, University of Cambridge


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Land marks: playful explorations of chalk, charcoal and clay
Join this lively, practical workshop session to explore elemental stories of materials in local landscapes. Participants will engage in creative geography/art adventures that reveal artistic/lyrical possibilities for geographical enquiries. Playing with clay, charcoal and chalk offers opportunities to consider geology, landscape features, human impact on environments and geographical vocabulary.


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

2:45pm

Looking at different sources of geographical data
Students frequently read texts to find out about the world, however, many don’t have the opportunity or skill to read graphs, maps and images as effectively. This workshop will provide practical strategies and frameworks for developing students’ engagement with and critical thinking about photographs as a source of geographical data.

Speakers
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Ben Ballin

Consultant to the GA


Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
80MS02 University of Surrey

2:45pm

What’s your curriculum intent?
Now that Ofsted have directed their focus on curriculum, we have a renewed mandate to explore the intent of our curriculum. What is your vision for geography education? Does your curriculum match it? Do the outcomes match the intent? This workshop will explore your vision and how we as geographers can ensure our curriculum offers the best opportunities for our students. You will leave with some practical ideas to take back to your team.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:35pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

3:10pm

Using retrieval practice to develop student confidence in mathematical and statistical skills in GCSE geography
This research explores the use of retrieval practice to develop student confidence in using mathematical and statistical skills in GCSE geography. The need for this investigation was derived from the 9–1 GCSE geography reforms whereby both the academic rigour and the proportion of mathematical and statistical skills being assessed were significantly increased. Literature suggests the concept of maths anxiety exists among many higher education students, so this research discusses the extent to which this also exists amongst GCSE geography students. The research then explores strategies to combat this anxiety and thus increase student confidence instead. Results suggested that regular skills-based retrieval practice improved student confidence in using mathematical and statistical skills in GCSE geography. An online questionnaire was used to gather the perceptions of the wider geography teacher community to help identify whether a lack of student and/or teacher confidence in using mathematical and statistical skills in geography exists in other educational settings too.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 3:10pm - 3:35pm
28AP02 University Of Surrey, Alexander Fleming Rd, University Campus, Guildford GU2 7JL, UK

4:20pm

Strengthening geography curricular thinking through subject scholarship
This session will explore the sources of authority that geography teachers can draw on with regards to curriculum. It will illuminate the kinds of geography and geography education scholarship that can be used as mechanism for developing trainees’ reflective practice and for shaping teachers’ curricular thinking within a Trust-wide subject community.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
72MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Teacher sense of place: does it matter?
Does our sense of place, as geography educators, have an impact on the way we teach? Does our individual sense of the place of our school affect our relationships with students and the wider community? This session will share the findings from a small-scale research project into trainee teachers’ sense of place and reflect on how to build place connections.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
1AC01

4:20pm

The world is sound: geographies of British-Asian dance music
In the mid- to late 1990s a new type of music began to emerge across British cities. Known as the ‘New Asian Kool’, British Asian dance music began to change public culture and public space. This lecture provides a geographical analysis of the work of a few British Asian musicians from that period – Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawhney, Sheila Chandra, for example – and critically analyses the music’s political effects in terms of multiculture, belonging and Britishness.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
2AC01

4:20pm

There’s no planet B: addressing environmental challenges in the 21st century
The urgency of addressing global environmental issues is increasingly apparent, but what can be done, by whom and where is much less apparent. This session takes inspiration from Mike Berners-Lee’s book There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years to present geographical work that highlights hopeful and practical responses to environmental challenges.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
80MS02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

How to build a geographer
What can we do to ‘build geographers’? Young people learning geography in schools today are the geography teachers of the future. This lecture will look at the educational experiences that inspire them and shape their subject identity, and will suggest that early career teachers can lead our subject community in the challenge to build the geographers of the future.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
03MS01 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Curriculum making at key stage 3: using subject-specific key concepts
With the renewed focus on curriculum, the key questions of what to teach, when to teach it and why are a focus for many. This session will share an approach that uses subject-specific literature to inform choices while remembering the reality of the classroom, with a view to creating a coherent, engaging and effective 7-year geography curriculum.

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Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
32MS01 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Quantitative data analysis for real-world geography
Getting to grips with quantitative skills in geography really matters – for future careers, across subjects and for understanding the wider world. During this workshop you will use datasets from real world and fieldwork data, set out in accessible tasks that you can use with your own students, to practise some of the challenging concepts and skills in quantitative data analysis.

Speakers

Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
29AP02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Reflecting on #GAConf20
Reflection is an important element of professional development that allows time and space to process learning, promotes ownership and builds links to previous experiences and ideas. This session will introduce the GA’s Professional Passport as a framework for reflecting on geography CPD and enabling delegates to share their thoughts and highlights of #GAConf20

Speakers
avatar for Dr Rebecca Kitchen

Dr Rebecca Kitchen

CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager, Geographical Association
I have worked at the Geographical Association for 4 years, firstly as Secondary Curriculum Leader and more recently as CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager. Prior to this, I was Head of Geography at a girls' grammar school for 16 years where I was awarded the Ordnance Survey Award... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
33MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Sensory stories for maximum engagement
This session will focus on using sensory props to support children’s knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts. It will be aimed primarily at Early Years practitioners, but some aspects could be applicable to those supporting EAL and SEN pupils. Participants will leave with knowledge of sensory stories as well as one they have contributed to writing.


Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
62AP02 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Think before you speak. Read before you think
Geography is key to understanding global issues; this is evident from the increasing number of geographically-themed books in mainstream bookshops. This workshop will: explain how to embed key texts within topics such as plastics, gendered spaces, Iceland and Factfulness; demonstrate examples of class activities; and provide take-away materials and teaching resources.

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Paul Turner

Head of Geography, Bedales School


Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
32MS03 University of Surrey

4:20pm

Updating pedagogy for post-16 geography teaching
Dual coding, direct instruction, feedback not marking, closing the vocabulary gap, cognitive science… the list of research-informed pedagogical practice to update our geography teaching keeps growing. In this session the GA’s Post-16 and HE Phase Committee will present a range of ideas for how to apply these to your geography lessons and update your practice.


Saturday April 18, 2020 4:20pm - 5:10pm
39MS02 University of Surrey