Dr John Hopkin, head of accreditation for the Geographical Association, on the changes to the secondary geography curriculum:

 

1. Secondary: New curriculum, new geography?

A brief look at what's changed in the KS3 Geography Curriculum.

 

2. Secondary: Some key challenges

In this blog post, John considers some of the key challenges thrown up by the new curriculum.

 

3. Secondary: Curriculum making, key concepts and going beyond

My last posts focused on stages 1 and 2 – but the great thing about this approach is it suits those of us who don’t work in a totally linear way... What’s more, few of us start from fresh in our geographical thinking – although there’s rightly a focus on knowledge in the new curriculum, that needn’t mean Year Zero for school geography.  So in this post I’m going to consider four practices which may support the process.

 

4. Secondary: Geographical enquiry

Enquiry learning is an approach where students are actively engaged, e.g. in questions, problems and issues, to improve their understanding. Geography was built on exploration, finding out and discovery: drawing from this heritage, geography in schools also lends itself to enquiry.  

 

5. Secondary: Progression

Ensuring pupils make progress has such a high profile in everything schools do – and so has recording, monitoring and accounting for it.  The government’s decision to abolish level descriptions means some of these activities may be tricky to think through – though it’s worth emphasising that many practices which support progress in the classroom and AfL will still be useful.