Geography is a modern, exciting and relevant subject making connections between people and place both locally and globally. It is a study of places, both physical and human and their interconnectedness and interdependence.
Geography allows students to make sense of the world around them. The teaching of Geography allows students to explore and understand their experiences of the world both locally and across the world. In a modern world this can be both first hand and digitally.
The GA’s manifesto A Different View states:
‘Geography is not a narrow academic subject for the few. It is fundamental for everyone. It starts very early, when a young child encounters and begins to discover the world. Geography can nourish and enrich a whole lifetime of learning’.
The BEC ITT Geography subject programme is run at Mayflower High School on Thursday afternoons and is led by Suzanne Keyworth, an experienced Head of Geography. She has been at Mayflower for six years and prior to this was a Head of Department in an inner London school. This very successful subject scheme has been running now for two years.
Trainees joining the scheme will have varied academic backgrounds and experience and the SPS (subject professional study) sessions are designed to build on these to produce well rounded and fully prepared, excellent inspiring geography teachers. The sessions have a clear structure allowing subject trainees to explore, develop and enhance both their subject knowledge and subject teaching. Trainees share their experiences and ideas on a weekly basis. They consider the importance of Geography in the world around them today by sharing an article of ‘Geography in the News’ ensuring that their subject knowledge and teaching are relevant and contemporary. Each weekly session has a subject specific theme, often developing what has been taught in GPS (general professional study) sessions from a subject specific perspective. Topics covered include literacy and numeracy within Geography, GCSE specifications, A S/A level specifications, enquiry in Geography and Geography outside the classroom.
It is important that trainees stay up to date with developments in the teaching of the subject so membership of the Geographical Association is strongly encouraged. Two important texts you should purchase are the Secondary Geography Handbook (Balderstone D (ed)) and Learning to teach Geography in the secondary school (Lambert, D & Balderstone D).
A former trainee said:-
‘Excellent Lead Subject Mentor who is extremely supportive and willing to go out of her way to help.’