I have been involved with the Geographical Association’s Secondary Phase Committee for for a few years now. Last week I was delighted to be asked by the committee to act as the Chair of the group.
The Geographical Association is a subject association that supports primary and secondary geography teachers through a range of CPD, publications, advice and events.
The Secondary Phase Committee is a diverse mix of geography experts who take part in a wide range of activities. Our common features are our passion for learning, geography and sense of humour.
- Delivering workshops at the Association’s Annual Conference. In 2010 these included: The Geography Swap Shop and Putting Geography Back on the Map.
- Creating simple and accessible ‘Top Tips’ for a range of geography teaching issues. These can be downloaded for free here.
- Monitor the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA. In addition, monitor the state of health of secondary geography as indicated by data on numbers and assessment evidence.
- Initiate ideas for engaging and challenging teaching and learning ideas in the secondary geography classroom.
- Disseminate these ideas through the GA website, and occasional articles and contributions to GA publications such as Teaching Geography
- Represent the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA at the GA Education Committee, and externally to bodies such as QCA.
- Promote geography to teachers, pupils, schools and the wider community as a relevant and exciting subject
In the past, the group has also been involved in the consultation processes of the new curriculum and examination changes.
You can get involved with the committee in a few ways:
- Join us – all contributions are welcome; current and past members range from NQT’s to Senior Leaders, all that matters is that you care about learning and geography.
- Let us know what you’d like help / advice / assistance with
- Come along to one of our 2011 workshop sessions
- Say hello.
I look forward to hearing from you.