2 Million [Pounds Sterling] Action Plan for Geography

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EDITORIAL: The RGS-IBG and Geographical Association (GA) have been awarded joint funding of nearly million [pounds sterling] to enhance and boost geography teaching in primary and secondary schools across England. The funding is being provided by the Department for Education and Skills as part of an action plan that was officially launched by schools minister Lord Adonis at the Society last month.

The action plan is one of the most exciting projects with which the Society has been involved in recent years, and provides funding until 2008. It was drafted in response to a decline in the number of teenagers opting to study geography at GCSE level, as well as concerns about the quality of geography teaching in some schools. The proportion of 16 year-olds taking geography GCSE fell from 37.4 per cent in 2000 to 30.6 per cent in 2004.

Supporting teachers in improving the national standard of geography teaching is a challenging task. The Society and the GA have responded with eight programmes aimed at helping to make the curriculum, teaching and learning more relevant and exciting. They will aid teachers with online resources, guidance and a range of opportunities for professional development and recognition. The Society is already piloting a programme that is bringing geographers into schools from business, universities and the media. …