Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know webinar series

(Webinar 5: Settlements)


This week’s ‘In the Know’ webinar took the theme of ‘Settlements’, one with strong links to history too.

Our ‘real time’ audience was somewhat depleted this week; I think teachers were keen to enjoy some sunshine after school!  Nevertheless, a few individuals had sent apologies in advance of the session as they had school events to attend or were away on residential trips.

If you have yet to attend one of the webinars, but wish to discover more, then further details of the course programme and overview, along with its overall aims and outcomes and fees, can be found by accessing the web-link below:

Settlements are places where groups of people live and work.  While settlements can vary tremendously in size, they often share a range of characteristics that are influenced by similarities in the landscape, the background or history shaping a settlement over time and the sources that influence its growth.  There are reasons why settlements developed as, and where, they did: without looking at the history of a place, it is impossible to see how it has developed and changed over time.

Again, I endeavoured to integrate a number of interactive activities and teaching ideas into the webinar as previous feedback suggested these were features that participants had particularly enjoyed and appreciated.

Reflections in the chat feed towards the end of the session were fewer than usual due to the limited number attending this afternoon’s webinar.  I am looking forward to reading their comments sent later via e-mail after teachers have listened to/watched and perused the accompanying materials, however.

PDF downloads are also available to purchase via the GA’s shop, either as ten individual titles or as a full set (  These provide straightforward, accurate and trustworthy background knowledge, explanation, diagrams and glossary on topics in the geography National Curriculum so that teachers can develop their geography teaching with confidence.

Our final webinar of the series next Thursday afternoon, which will explore ‘Grid references and map symbols’, is a very practical one (you have been forewarned!).


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