Geography South West Conference
Thursday 11th October 2007
Guest Speaker: Jeff Stanfield
County Inspector and Adviser for Geography
Hampshire Children’s Services
St Cuthbert‟s Conference Centre
Devon Education Services
(Geographers in Devon)
Welcome to the 2007 Geography South West Conference
On behalf of the organising committee of G.E.O.I.D. (Geographers in Devon) it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2007 South West Geography Conference. Today once again provides a tremendous opportunity for colleagues to enjoy high quality professional development, spanning Early Years to Key Stage 5, and to choose the „route‟ through the twenty or more workshops on offer, which is most appropriate
to their needs. All of the activities in the programme are being led by accomplished practitioners from the south-west, and further afield.
This year‟s conference comes at a significant moment for geography in schools. The first year of the Action
Plan for Geography led jointly by the Geographical Association and Royal Geographical Society, has seen the creation of inspirational and cutting edge curriculum development work in primary and secondary schools across the country designed to develop the potential of the subject and increase pupil enjoyment and success in geography (see latest KS1-3 updates at www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk). In addition the last few months has also seen the launch of the new secondary curriculum with revised geography programmes of study to be planned, resourced and delivered in a rolling development beginning with Year 7 in September 2008.
The specific objectives of the conference are to enable colleagues to:
; explore new ideas and learning and teaching methods.
; listen to, and reflect upon, the experiences of other teachers.
; review a wide range of published materials and connect with other subject providers in the region.
; relate the above to their own context and return to school revitalised and inspired to enhance their own
I am confident that the day will be an enjoyable and stimulating one for us all.
Adviser for Geography and Education for Sustainability
Devon Education Services
“It’s Full Steam Ahead for September 2008 – What a Golden Opportunity!
Jeff Stanfield freely admits that he has his family, rather than his school experiences, to thank for his love of people, places and environments. Portsdown Hill overlooking south Hampshire was where, from an early age, he learned his geography. After graduating in geography and geology from London University and completing a P.G.C.E. at Southampton he subsequently spent twenty years teaching and leading geography departments in that city. In 1992 and with the introduction of the first National Curriculum orders he became teacher adviser for geography in Hampshire and in 2003 was appointed County Inspector supporting teachers in 475 primary and 75 secondary schools. He has also served as a team inspector for secondary Ofsted inspections and been a registered inspector for primary inspections. Jeff has worked at the forefront of geography learning and teaching at a national level for many years. He is renowned for delivering challenging, supportive and inspirational professional development to teachers at all stages for LAs and agencies across the UK and overseas. He was involved in the development of both the old and new National Curriculum programmes of study in geography and is currently working on exemplification materials related to the development of citizenship through geography at the primary phase. For Jeff, independent enquiry based learning lies at the heart of effective and enjoyable geography teaching as exemplified in his very successful textbooks „Think through Geography‟ for KS3 and „See for Yourself‟ at KS1. Immensely proud of his 9.7 golf handicap and his beloved “Saints” from August next year Jeff will almost certainly begin
working part-time for Hampshire to enable him to spend more time doing consultancy work across the country and to spend more time researching and writing. Geography has both inspired and shaped his life.
The Geographical Association
The GA promotes, supports and develops geography subject leadership at all levels, from new teachers in their initial training to geography subject co-ordinators in primary schools and Heads of Department in secondary schools. The GA runs „teacher-led local curriculum development projects, currently under the DfES funded Action Plan for Geography and has also shown how a strong and confident community of geography teachers can work productively in cross-curricular settings; recently the GA has worked on funded
projects with teachers of English, science and mathematics. Much of the GA‟s work is co-ordinated
nationally. The GA also has a highly valued network of affiliated branches, each with its own identity and its
own priorities. Some new GA branches are oriented around the notion of „Living Geography‟ – local
resources and expertise harnessed to share approaches to teaching and learning about sustainable futures in the local area. With members in over 40 countries the GA has always had a strong interest in international understanding and offers grants for international initiatives.
; The GA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the largest CPD event of its kind for teachers in all phases.
Full details at www.geography.org.uk/conference
; The acclaimed range of GA Handbooks forms the core in-school CPD resource for geography subject
leaders in schools (Early Years; primary; secondary).
See www.geographyshop.org.uk for these and other GA learning materials for all phases.
; The GA leads teacher in school focussed curriculum development – notable in recent years have been
Living Geography, Valuing Places, Where Will I Live? and Disease Geographies.
; The GA, jointly and equally with the RGS – IGB, is leading the DfES funded Action Plan for
Geography, enhancing the teaching and learning of geography in school.
; The GA‟s Primary and the Secondary Geography Quality Marks are at the heart of its support strategy,
identifying quality criteria and appropriate tools for developing quality practice in schools.
The Geographical Association, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield, S1 4BF www.geography.org.uk
Tel: 0114 296 0088 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. Geographical education and fieldwork have been at the heart of the Society for most of its 175 years. The Society offers advice, guidance and support for geography field teaching:
* Professional development courses on health, safety and a risk assessment for anyone organising off-site
visits – either in the UK or abroad – aimed at teachers, education visits coordinators (EVCs) and youth
leaders. Over 1,000 people have benefited from this training in the past four years. For more specialist
interests, there are courses and manuals on fieldwork methods.
* Guidance and exemplars on making good use of local data to inform fieldwork and linked to
* Grants, awarded annually, to support teachers in developing innovative teaching ideas, including field
* Expert advice from the Society‟s fieldwork and expeditions team, which is a world leader in
providing information, guidance, and training for teachers and students planning fieldwork and
* A searchable database of more than 300 field centres around the world.
* Professional accreditation, including a special strand for geography teachers, in the form of Chartered
Geographer. A key element of this is commitment to continuing professional development,
including fieldwork teaching.
* Together with the GA the RGS-IBG has recently developed the Geography Teaching Today
website www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk as part of the two-year DfES funded Action Plan for
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 1 Kensington Grove, London, SW7 2AR
Tel: 020 7591 3000 www.rgs.org
Key Stage Activity Title Led By Focus
Orlando Rutter, Principal Learning and Outreach
Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority Managing Habitats: Willem Montagne, Principal Education and Arts 1. Fieldtrip 3-4 Managing People Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority
James Chubb, Education Ranger, East Devon District
Dr Fran Martin
Senior Lecturer in Education and 2. Extended Graphicacy and Role EYFS Gill Bivand Taylor Workshop Play in the Early Years 1 Primary PGCE Humanities Course Leader
University of Exeter
The Model United Devon Development Education Project Worker and 3. Workshop 3-5 Nations Assembly Co-ordinator of Model United Nations Assemblies in
Devon, Torbay and Plymouth
Probably the best David Holmes
4. Workshop geography websites in Senior Examiner and Adviser to the Field Studies 3-5
the world Council
Geography in the Dr Anjana Khatwa
5. Workshop news: the wreck of the World Heritage Education Co-ordinator 2
MSC Napoli Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
Understanding the Pat Wilson
significant changes in QCA A Level Geography Criteria and Specification 6. Workshop 4-5 the new A Level Accreditation panel member
specifications (This workshop repeated pm Session 18)
Geographical Nick Sheehan
7. Workshop Education for Head of Geography 3
Sustainability Teignmouth Community College
Building continuity David Weatherly
and progression Adviser for Geography and Education for 8. Workshop 1-2 through the Geography Sustainability
curriculum Devon Education Services
„Made in …?‟: Ian Cook Appreciating the 9. Workshop Associate Professor of Human Geography 4 everyday geographies University of Exeter of entangled lives 2
David Holmes, Senior Examiner and Adviser to the Fieldwork post 2008: Field Studies Council and
10. Workshop Preparing for the new Daniel Moncrieff 5 A Level specifications Assistant Head of Centre, Slapton Ley NNR and
More details overleaf
8.30 Arrival, coffee and exhibition
9.00 Welcome and introductions: David Weatherly, Adviser for Geography and Education for Sustainability, Devon Education Services
9.15 Keynote Speaker: Jaff Stanfield, County Inspector and Adviser for Geography, Hampshire Children‟s Services
10.00 1. Fieldtrip 2. Extended Workshop 3. Workshop 4. Workshop 5. Workshop 6. Workshop The first half of this The workshop will This session will take a This session will focus on With only three English An opportunity to double session will be explore how role-playing quick run through of why the MSC Napoli A Level specifications to compare two approaches spent actively exploring United Nations delegates some of the best „human‟ presented such a threat to choose from, this to management of sites children‟s developing from various nations, in a and „physical‟ geography the world heritage coast of workshop will provide heavily used by the understanding of the world formalised Model United sites, as well as providing Devon and Dorset and an opportunity to learn public. We will visit through maps, Nations Assembly can tips on searching, using explore how media about the major changes Newbridge, Dartmoor photographs and aerial help young people Google Earth and how to recount literacy work to them. It will include a National Park for an images. During the explore the political, extract visual and tabular related to the wreck can comparison of their investigative activity second half of the session economic, social and data from the Census enhance children‟s approaches to controlled followed by a „virtual‟ colleagues will apply the environmental factors website. geographical fieldwork and synoptic visit to an East Devon principles from the first affecting contemporary understanding and assessments plus the District Council Local half to a simulation geographical issues such enjoyment. new Quality of Nature Reserve to activity that includes all as climate change and the Communication Skills explore the different aspects of graphicacy. Millennium Development criteria. ways in which Goals. landscape protection 11.00 Exhibition designations affect the
11.30 Coffee methods available to
11.45 7. Workshop 8. Workshop 9. Workshop 10. Workshop countryside managers
Sustainable development Ensuring appropriate This is a sequel to a 2007 This session will focus
is a key concept of the expectations are met in article in Teaching on how existing
new KS3 Programme of each year through Key Geography. There, by fieldwork programmes
Study. This session will Stages 1 and 2 is a tracing the biographies of might be modified to
explore a unit of work on critical responsibility of socks, gum and ipods, meet the demands of the
sustainability, written as the subject co-ordinator. students found out that new examinations
part of Secondary This session will, through their lives were entangled (AQA, Edexcel, OCR,
National Strategy the use of practical with countless unseen WJEC).
development work and examples, explain how others around the world.
designed to enable pupils this can be achieved This session presents new,
to think critically about effectively whilst alternative examples
the causes, effects and allowing time to consider including thyroxin tablets
solutions to global some related assessment and bamboo placemats.
environmental issues at a matters.
range of scales and
12.45 Lunch, Coffee and Exhibition
13.35 11. Fieldtrip 12. Workshop 13. Workshop 14. Workshop 15. Workshop 16. Workshop This session, which will be An evaluation of the A practical workshop to This session will explore a This workshop will look This inspiring, hands-on highly interactive, will usefulness of maps (of demonstrate GIS and framework for ideas and at a transferable model session will hopefully investigate the skills different scales and from provide some hands-on decision-making about for making and reaffirm the ability of needed to unravel the different sources) in experience. Our theme homes, work and services measuring progress in colleagues to provide mystery of our world. providing practical will be sustainable travel for the future. Young FS and KS1 geography, young people with Enquiry based learning is opportunities in studying using your own school‟s people bring their using a cross-curricular lively, stimulating and central to the requirements hazards. We will explore pupil travel data. This personal geographies to unit on „Homes‟, with effective fieldwork in of both the existing KS2 ways in which maps of will provide some real the classroom. How do geography and fieldwork the school grounds and Programme of Study and Boscastle (flashflood) and up-to-date data for we help them make sense at its core, as an local area. It will also the new order for KS3. New Orleans (hurricane use within your KS2 of their own place and example. boost the confidence of Geographical detective Katrina), Sri Lanka geography curriculum. It other places? How do we colleagues to bring the work is thus also and (tsunami) and will also greatly assist develop the skills for subject alive using implicit requirement. Gloucestershire (floods) with your School Travel active engagement in relevant and applicable can be used in practical Plan and with developing communities? examples including ways. There will also be a more sustainable creating a sense of an opportunity to school. place, accessibility, evaluate „Essential Map renewable energy and Skills 2‟. rediscovering your local
area. 14.35 Exhibition
15.00 17. Workshop 18. Workshop 19. Workshop 20. Workshop 21. Workshop
During this session With only three English The Primary Geography A workshop looking at A practical workshop to
colleagues will have the Geography A Level Quality Mark is an how the principles of demonstrate GIS and
opportunity to discuss and specifications to choose amazingly powerful tool sustainability, provide some hands-on
consider practical from, this workshop will for enabling primary consumption and local experience. Our theme
examples of how provide an opportunity to schools to develop and food production can be will be sustainable travel
geography and citizenship learn about the major celebrate quality taught through the KS3 using your own school‟s
can be linked together to changes to them. It will geography. Linked to the geography curriculum pupil travel data. This
enrich the geography include a comparison of Ofsted Self Evaluation using case studies of East will provide some real
curriculum. Reference their approaches to Framework it is an award Devon farming. The and up-to-date data for
will be made to the new controlled fieldwork and for schools wishing to Schemes of Work, use within your KS4
National Curriculum synoptic assessments plus achieve recognition for supported by a DVD film, geography curriculum.
Programmes of Study in the new Quality of quality and progress in cover a ten-week course It will also greatly assist
both geography and Communication Skills curriculum development. of learning, culminating in with your School Travel
citizenship. criteria. Come and find out more! a peer assessed task to Plan and with
produce a piece of developing a more
persuasive media. sustainable school.
16.00 Conference Close
Key Stage Activity Title Led By Focus
Qualitative and Gyles Morris Quantitative Geography 11. Fieldtrip Director of the Magdalen Project 1-2 Fieldwork in your school and Naturesbase grounds and local area
Helping young people to Jeff Stanfield
12. Workshop develop ace Geographical County Inspector and Adviser for Geography 2-4
Detection Skills Hampshire Children‟s Services
Using maps to better Simon Ross understand hazards at 13. Workshop Head of Geography 5 AS/A level; some Queens College, Taunton practical applications
Practical applications of Alison McGregor
14. Workshop GIS in geography: School Travel Plan Co-ordinator 2
sustainable travel Devon County Council
15. Workshop Places people want Project Leader, Living Geography: 4
Building Sustainable Communities
Dr Margaret Mackintosh
Homes in the local former teacher (Humberside) EYFS 16. Workshop area and beyond teacher trainer,(University of Plymouth) and 1
editor of the GA‟s Primary Geographer
Geography and Mike Hillary 3-4 17. Workshop Citizenship – making the Senior Inspector Geography and Citizenship links Dorset County Council
Understanding the Pat Wilson
significant changes in the QCA A Level Geography Criteria and 18. Workshop 4-5 new A Level Specification Accreditation panel member
specifications (This workshop repeated am Session 6)
Wendy North Quality Geography and Primary Subject Leader, Action Plan for 19. Workshop the Primary Geography 1-2 Geography Quality Mark Geographical Association
20. Workshop Food 4 Thought Project Education Ranger 3
East Devon District Council
Practical applications of Alison McGregor
21. Workshop GIS in geography: School Travel Plan Co-ordinator 4
sustainable travel Devon County Council
How to get to Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
St Cuthbert‟s Conference Centre Tel: 01364 645530
Buckfast Abbey Fax: 01364 645533
Buckfast, Devon, TQ11 0EE E-mail: email@example.com
Directions to Conference Centre Car Park
From the A38 Plymouth to Exeter expressway, take the Dart Bridge turn off and follow the brown directional signs to Buckfast Abbey. At the roundabout beside the Mill Shop, follow the road to the left.
Go past the Abbey Car Park entrance and take the next right (Higher Mill Lane).
Follow the road past houses on the left to a T-junction at the village green (Grange Road). Turn right and follow the road to the next turning on the left which is
Northwood Lane. The entrance gates to St Cuthbert‟s are a short distance along on the right. The Delegates‟ Car Park can be found on the left, opposite the building. The entrance is at the side of the building as are Disabled Parking spaces. Car parking is also available in the Main Abbey Car Park.