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

Consultancy

Since the two, 3.5 hour sessions that I delivered last July were well-received, it was decided to stick with this revised format and repeat these at the start of the new academic year. Further details about the series can be found by accessing the web-link below: https://portal.geography.org.uk/event/view/E000049 On board today were teachers from all over the UK and with varying degrees …

Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting, Gloucestershire

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With Term 4 now underway, it was time for our second Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting of this academic year, again held in situ at The Pavilion in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  My right wing for today was the fantastic Sandra Parker, Performance Advisor for the Education Outcomes and Intervention team at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC); her administrative and organisational skills …

CPD: Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP)

'What makes an effective Subject Leader (geography and history)?' - Part 1

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Towards the end of Term 2, I was approached by Jane Farren, Head Teacher at Norton C of E Primary School and Co-Chair of the Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP), to see if I was available to deliver two, virtual CPD sessions for Geography/History/Humanities Subject Leaders in local primary schools.  It was agreed to focus on ‘What makes an effective Subject …

Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) support

Consultancy

A rewarding hour or so for me this morning providing Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) support to Emma Aldred-Tow, PPA teacher and Geography Subject Leader at Churchdown Village Junior School (CVJS) just outside the city of Gloucester (https://www.churchdownvillage-jun.gloucs.sch.uk/). The school is due to renew their PGQM (currently a Silver Award) and are now considering going for a Gold Award, bearing …

Term 2’s virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting goes European!

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The benefits of taking our Primary Humanities Network meetings online are becoming visible … no longer do I simply reach out to teachers in Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties, but educational professionals from as far and wide as the Isles of Scilly and Geneva, Switzerland were able to join us this afternoon! The foci for today’s meeting were very welcome in …

Not quite the same as face-to-face, but virtual does the job well for now!

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 1; 2020-2021)

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Thanks to Zoom, our first Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year was able to go ahead with the theme of ‘Assessment, including moderation of pupils’ work’.  After welcoming attendees, some familiar faces and several new ones, I outlined the aims and structure of the meeting: To begin with, I focused on the latest developments; not only items from …

Term 6’s Primary Humanities Network meeting goes virtual once again and well beyond Gloucestershire!

Workshops

Well, Zoom certainly brought a buzz to my study on Wednesday afternoon!  Not only did I have several ‘regulars’ in attendance at our virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting, but also many new participants; I think we had teachers from as far afield as Cumbria in the north to Dorset in the south and Nottinghamshire in the east to Greater Manchester in …

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 4)

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A meeting with a difference!  Held virtually with the aid of Zoom software, rather than in situ as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak.  I debated whether to go ahead with our meeting, but several teachers were self-isolating and still keen to participate.  I have recorded the session, however, and am more than happy to share this and the accompanying …

Curriculum development (Churchdown Village Junior School [CVJS], Gloucestershire)

Consultancy

And, more curriculum development today!  It was back to Churchdown Village Junior School (CVJS) just outside the city of Gloucester to work with Emma Aldred-Tow, a very experienced Geography Subject Leader, to see how we might make their current geography curriculum offering even better.  The school attained their Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Silver Award a few years ago and …