Friday, 14 August 2015

Geography: the must have 'A' level....

Geography has not always enjoyed prominence in the past, and this was partly the reason why the Action Plan for Geography received funding, after a lot of work by the Geographical Association and RGS-IBG to secure support from previous governments.


The Action Plan for Geography (PDF download of evaluation report) ran from 2006-11, and I worked on it as part of the APG team for the final three years, while employed at the Geographical Association.

As part of that, we created the manifesto 'a different view', and I put together the promotional video here.


a different view downloadable

Yesterday, after some of the best results in Geography for a while, there was the news that Geography had seen a large increase in the number of students

The Guardian then produced an editorial which was really pleasing to see, as it showed perhaps the legacy of some of the work that we did back then, and the hard work of both teachers and students since then, as students who were experiencing their KS3 Geography back then were the students who were collecting their 'A' level results this year.

It calls Geography 'the must have 'A' level'

It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. Geographers get to learn data analysis, and to read Robert Macfarlane. They learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but howwhat they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them.

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