Presentation on theme: "SWOT: geography at school Strengths Numbers studying Excellent infrastructure C21st subject Rising public interest Weaknesses Falling candidature Non-specialist."— Presentation transcript:
SWOT: geography at school Strengths Numbers studying Excellent infrastructure C21st subject Rising public interest Weaknesses Falling candidature Non-specialist teaching Infrastructure approaching critical Patchy public understanding Poor public perception
SWOT: geography at school Opportunities Good practice on which to build Curriculum reform KS3; GCSE; A level DfES support Threats Curriculum reform New subjects Vocational Assessment Balance – social; educational; subject
The need for a boost
The Action Plan for Geography Goal to ensure that a clear vision for geographys educational potential and its relevance to the skills agenda and to life in the 21st century are understood by all, including the subject teaching community and educational policy makers at all levels ….
The Action Plan for Geography Goal … and that teaching professionals are enabled and equipped to realize this potential with pupils and to engage them with geography in an enjoyable way that they value
The Action Plan for Geography Communication Support Development DfES funded £2,000,000 over two years Jointly and equally led by: Geographical Association; and Royal Geographical Society with IBG
APG activities Communication www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk Geography ambassadors Geography advisers Support Geography resources for KS3 Fieldwork and local learning virtual centre Geography subject leadership Development Geography curriculum development Professional recognition in geography
Final thoughts: HE into school Sustaining the discipline Building on ambassadors: role models Widening participation: diversity and geography Careers profiles of alumni Involvement of HE colleagues in school-based projects Involvement of HE colleagues in curriculum development Supporting professional accreditation ………..over to you!