Magazine article Geographical

Supporting Fieldwork in Schools: Teachers' Masterclass Weekends

Magazine article Geographical

Supporting Fieldwork in Schools: Teachers' Masterclass Weekends

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Through its Learning and Leading programme, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) offers two fully-funded fieldwork masterclass weekends a year for GCSE and A-level geography teachers. The weekends deliver advice on planning fieldwork and aim to enable geography teachers to better provide free and accessible fieldwork in their school's local area.

This year's physical geography fieldwork masterclass took place in June at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre in the Lake District National Park.

Ben Bourton, a geography teacher at Brune Park Community School, described the weekend as 'a fantastic opportunity to get out 'in the field' to learn new techniques and ideas, and test technology and apparatus that we wouldn't normally have the chance to use'.

He said: 'It's been hugely beneficial working with geographers from all parts of the country, and discussing and sharing different fieldwork techniques. The sessions on rivers and glaciation were very useful as they started off being a recap and then went on to look at many different techniques that can be used quickly and easily in our school environments'.

The 2015 human geography masterclass will take place in September at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s headquarters in Kensington, London. …

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