geography southwest’s annual conference comes to UWE!

CPD For Me

How has a year passed by? It was time for geography southwest’s annual conference, once again hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England (UWE) on the outskirts of Bristol (https://www.uwe.ac.uk/courses/find-a-course/courses-by-subject/geography-and-environmental-management). I had offered to support the organisers, Dr Harry West, Simon Ross and John Davidson, with welcoming delegates and registration, …

GlosGeog’s Secondary Geography Teach Meet is a success!

GlosGeog

Following GlosGeog’s successful virtual Primary Teach Meet in mid-April, it was decided to run a similar event for local secondary school teachers, ECTs and trainees. The Balcarras Trust, where one of the county’s Teaching School Hubs is also based (https://www.balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk/), kindly offered to host GlosGeog’s Secondary Teach Meet, which was attended by myself and Peter Vujakovic, GlosGeog Committee members, alongside …

GlosGeog’s virtual Primary Teach Meet is a hit!

GlosGeog

This afternoon saw me host GlosGeog’s first virtual Primary Teach Meet. This proved to be a very popular event, with all available places being filled a couple of weeks before the deadline date for bookings. We decided to take the theme of sustainability since it was Earth Day today. Having many hugely experienced and high profile geographers contributing was an …

Bespoke CPD, part 2!

Consultancy

Well, it was time for another bespoke CPD session with staff at St. William’s Catholic Primary School in Wigan, Lancashire (https://www.saintwilliams.wigan.sch.uk/). I received an e-mail a couple of weeks’ ago requesting ‘…. could we please look at what we have been working on since our first meeting (long-term overview and sequencing of it, enquiry and auxiliary questions) and then also …

GlosGeog takes on Bristol!

GlosGeog

Time for the Regional Challenge of the Geographical Association (GA) WorldWise Quiz; this year, GlosGeog, Gloucestershire’s local branch, going head to head with Bristol’s. Earlier in the academic year, both branches had held their own quiz afternoon/evening and the teams finishing in first, second and third places were invited to compete in the Regional Challenge, kindly hosted by those at …

Starting the week with some bespoke CPD

Consultancy

I received the following request from the Geography Subject Leader at St. William’s Catholic Primary School in Ince, near Wigan, Lancashire (https://www.saintwilliams.wigan.sch.uk/new-homepage) towards the end of Term 3: ‘I am looking for some bespoke CPD to support me with developing the geography curriculum at my school. We are using Oddizzi as a scheme, but I have swapped out some of …

Virtual ‘In the Know’ webinar (Session 1), Geographical Association

Consultancy

Due to enquiries from several individuals, the Geographical Association (GA) decided to schedule a repeat of the two webinars conducted at the very start of this academic year and asked me, once again, to deliver them.  Further details about the series can be found by accessing the web-link below: https://portal.geography.org.uk/event/view/E000092 On board today were teachers from all over the UK and …

Virtual Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting (2)

Consultancy

Since Term 4 was now well underway for all schools, it was time for our second virtual Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting of this academic year. I had presented at another event earlier in the week in conjunction with GLOSSI (Gloucestershire School Improvement) team. Participants relished the chance to network with other individuals in a similar role to themselves …