Geography, geography and more geography!

Department of Education, University of the West of England, Bristol

ConsultancyCPD For Me

The above was the theme for the Department of Education’s annual geography conference, this year held on Wednesday 14th June 2017 at UWE’s Frenchay Campus.  Mark Jones, PGCE Geography Tutor and UWE Teaching and Learning Fellow, once again invited me to attend for ‘free’ if I was prepared to contribute to the ‘market place sessions’ that he had planned for …

Online Safety Mark assessment

The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Online Safety

Well, today, I had my Online Safety Accredited Assessor’s ‘hat’ on.  A couple of month’s ago, Ron Richards, Online Safety Consultant at SWGfL, asked me if I would like to pay a visit to The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great in the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, as they were due for an Online Safety Mark re-assessment.  The school …

Twilight staff training

Abbeymead Primary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

My task this afternoon was to deliver a twilight training session centred upon ‘taking learning outside the classroom’ for all staff at Abbeymead Primary School on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester.  Fortunately, the weather was fine and dry, so we were able to spend some time outside replicating a few of my suggested activities … this does not …

2017 Gloucestershire Business Show

ConsultancyCPD For Me

Yesterday, I spent a very long, but productive morning at the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Show, which was again held at Cheltenham Racecourse.  The car park was full, there were more exhibitors there and the different ‘zones’ appeared to have a real ‘buzz’ about them this year than in 2015 when I last attended. It was lovely to see a few …

Symposium

University of Worcester

Consultancy

Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Worcester, invited me to speak at a symposium that she was organising, entitled ‘Children in WW1: Histories and engagements’, during the afternoon of Monday 8th May 2017. The remit was to deliver a presentation, of approximately 20 minutes in length and aimed at undergraduate and post-graduate students, about our recent WW1 …

Teaching School

Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucester

Consultancy

It was off to Sir Thomas Rich’s School (STRS) (https://strschool.co.uk/), one of Gloucestershire’s grammar schools, early this morning to meet with Debbie Brake, Assistant Head Teacher and Teaching School Lead. The purpose of my visit was to share outreach opportunities, discuss my recent, local consultancy activities that have been particularly successful and consider how I might be able to support …

CPD workshop: Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!

Gloucester Farmers' Club

ConsultancyWorkshops

The Gloucester Farmers’ Club was the venue for our CPD workshop, entitled ‘Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!’, and what an ideal one it was too!  We had a well-equipped room with lots of space to spread out, were supplied with plentiful tea and coffee (supplemented with some home-baked goodies, chocolate fingers and a tub of Heroes that I …

The Education Show

Birmingham (16th to 18th March 2017)

CPD For Me

Despite it being the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, a Friday and endless roadworks on the M5 with speed restrictions in place, my journeys to and from the NEC were bearable. It was not Young Voices calling this time around, but The Education Show (http://www.education-show.com/)!  I try to visit annually or bi-annually to keep abreast with developments within the realm of …

Online Safety Mark Accredited Assessor Update Training

CPD For MeOnline Safety

A hugely intensive, but highly informative and very thought-provoking day.  Many thanks to Ron Richards, Ken Corish and Andrew Williams for sharing their endless knowledge, expertise and experiences so willingly.  Participants were also forthcoming in adding comments and providing feedback to the presenters throughout the event too, which was great. My, along with many others’, log in to Skype for …

Regional Primary Geography Conference (Contemporary Geography)

CPD For Me

It was great to see the inspiring and engaging duo of David Weatherly and Jeff Stanfield once again for their annual roadshow (http://www.contemporarygeography.co.uk/contemporary_geography_training_opportunities.html).  Due to my strong links with schools and individuals across the county, I was invited by David and Jeff to attend today’s event … often, I am able to support them in their delivery of material by …