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An Action Plan for Geography (APG). David Lambert GA. Why?. Concerns – expressed by Ofsted, QCA Associated concerns about a ‘stuck’ curriculum Shortage of subject specialists in schools Poor grasp of geography’s educational potential Bad press. How?. Geography Focus Group (2004-5)

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An action plan for geography apg

An Action Plan for Geography (APG)

David Lambert

GA


An action plan for geography apg

Why?

  • Concerns – expressed by Ofsted, QCA

  • Associated concerns about a ‘stuck’ curriculum

  • Shortage of subject specialists in schools

  • Poor grasp of geography’s educational potential

  • Bad press


An action plan for geography apg

How?

  • Geography Focus Group (2004-5)

    • Powerful group – of geographers in the world, and in education

    • Identification of ‘priority themes’

    • Consultation

    • Agreement on remit for an ‘action plan’


An action plan for geography apg

Who?

  • GA and RGS-IBG, working together and building on ‘complementary strengths’

  • DL and RG invited to become advisers for geography to the Secretary of State

    • To promote a more ‘joined up’ and a deeper grasp of geography within and beyond the DfES

    • To propose an APG

    • To steer and ensure effective implementation of the APG.


An action plan for geography apg

When?

  • Submit initial proposals – Feb 1st 2006

  • Agree final Plan – March 6th 2006

  • National Launch of Plan – March 30th 2006

  • Implementation of the first phase

    April 2006 – April 2008


Priority themes

Priority themes

  • ITT and CPD

  • CCT

  • CD

  • OL and FW

  • N and L

  • PU and E


An action plan for geography apg

Goal

  • To ensure that a clear vision for geography, its educational potential and its relevance to living in the 21st century are understood by all, including the subject community and education policy makers at all levels, and that teaching professionals are enabled and equipped to realize this potential with students and to engage them with the subject in an enjoyable way which they value.


Main objectives

Main Objectives

  • Improve quality of students experience

  • Improve outcomes and achievement levels

  • Raise profile of geography

  • Deepen awareness and understanding of geography

  • Enthuse geography teachers and students

  • Arrest decline in exam candidature

  • Raise recognition of geography teachers and their achievements

  • Develop further a cohesive ‘subject community’


Implementation

Implementation

  • Communication

    • VGTC

    • Ambassadors

  • Development

    • PQM, SQM

    • CGeog

  • Support

    • Materials development

    • CPD programme


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