Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting

Consultancy

High School for Girls (HSfG) in Gloucester kindly offered to host our second Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting, and what a warm welcome we received, accompanied by a vast array of delicious refreshments!  The turnout was very encouraging, especially for this time of year given that there are so many activities and events taking place both inside and outside …

Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

The ongoing school improvement support that I am giving the Head Teacher, Senior Leaders, Governors and staff at Al-Ashraf Secondary School in Gloucester is proving to be incredibly rewarding.  This small, Islamic, independent school received a visit from Ofsted last November and a number of areas for improvement were identified.  I have been conducting lesson observations and providing feedback to …

Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting

ConsultancyWorkshops

Well, I have finally succeeded in establishing a Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network for Gloucestershire! Following interest and demand from several schools/individuals, I decided to invest some time and energy into setting up a group once my recent stint back in the classroom had drawn to a close and full-time freelancing activities resumed.  Whilst I will coordinate  and steer each …

Geographical Association (GA) Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University (5th to 7th April 2018)

CPD For Me

https://www.geography.org.uk/GA-Annual-Conference-and-Exhibition Well, there was certainly a real buzz in the air at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference, this year held in its home city of Sheffield and celebrating its 125th anniversary.  The early start and late finish, plus delayed train travel, was worth it to interact with like-minded people, feel inspired and revitalised about teaching geography and gain many new …

Another ‘awesome, Arctic adventure’!

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Due to continued interest and demand from local schools and further funding available from Wiltshire-based charity, Wicked Weather Watch (https://wickedweatherwatch.org.uk/), it was decided to hold yet another ‘awesome, Arctic adventure’ event just before the end of Term 3.  High School for Girls (HSfG) (https://www.hsfg.org/), one of the grammar schools located in the centre of Gloucester, very kindly offered to host …

‘Let’s go an awesome, Arctic adventure’, Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) and The Crypt Teaching School, Gloucester

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 Yes, it was off to the Arctic again, but this time in much more challenging circumstances, with 90+ pupils and their teachers and TAs from seven, very different, local primary schools.  The Crypt Teaching School very kindly offered to host the event and I was well supported by my usual contingent from the charity, Wicked Weather Watch, and highly competent …

Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) Arctic Extravaganza, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

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And, what an extravaganza it was!  100+ youngsters and their teachers from 8 local schools, plus 2 home educators, representatives from the charity, Wicked Weather Watch, and freelance consultants, all descended on the Exhibition and Conference Centre at UWE for a day of Arctic-themed activities.  The overall aim was to use different mediums to relay the key messages about climate …

Regional Primary History Conference (Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester)

'Planning a history curriculum to ensure continuity and progression from EYFS to Year 6.'

CPD For Me

It was great to see David Weatherly again.  David is a School Improvement Advisor with many years experience as an accomplished teacher and has an international reputation for being an inspiring trainer.  Whether working with teachers in schools or at CPD events, he always provides practical and achievable approaches to increasing the engagement and outcomes of pupils.  He writes learning …

Twilight training session: Minerva Primary Academy, Bristol

'Exploring global learning within the context of the new National Curriculum for geography.'

Workshops

Well, it was a new school for me today (Minerva Primary Academy in Bristol: http://minervapa.org.uk/), and what a warm welcome I received!  On occasions, I do venture beyond the county of Gloucestershire, especially where schools are part of a multi-academy trust and my influence can have an impact on many teachers and learners. The theme of this afternoon’s CPD event was …

‘Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!’ (yet again)

Longney C of E Primary Academy, Gloucestershire

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I was really looking forward to visiting Longney C of E Primary Academy again on Friday 29th September 2017.  Over the years, I have had much contact with staff and pupils at the school, whether it be supporting their former Geography Subject Leader with curriculum development, fieldwork/’taking learning outside the classroom’, Frederick Soddy Trust Award and Primary Geography Quality Mark …