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Project Archive

The GA has a long track record of running successful curriculum and pedagogic projects that develop new practices and ideas in geography teaching. GA projects have often been run in partnership with other organisations. Our project archive contains details of completed projects, alongside a wealth of information, ideas and teaching resources, many of which remain relevant today.

Creative approaches to race and in/security in the Caribbean and the UK (CARICUK) (2021 – 2022)

CARICUK is a year-long collaboration between artists and educators, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and led by Pat Noxolo, senior lecturer in human geography at the University of Birmingham.

GEO – Geography Education Online (2020 – 2021)

GEO (Geography Education Online) is an innovative website created by the GA during the summer of 2020, for students studying for GCSE geography, A level geography or equivalent qualifications. GEO was designed to offer young geographers a new and engaging way to extend their geographical thinking and support examination success in 2021 and beyond.

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (2018-21)

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) was a programme for schools across the world, funded by the British Council and the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The GA was one of the leading partners helping to deliver the programme.

Support for curriculum reform in Croatia (2018-21)

The GA’s involvement in the support for curriculum reform in Croatia, implemented by the British Council began in 2018 with the aim of training a group of 100 mentors whose role was to support and develop teachers during the process.

Critical Thinking for Achievement (2018 – 2020)

The Critical Thinking for Achievement project – Department for Education funded within phase 2 of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) – provided plan-do-review CPD for over 1,000 primary and secondary teachers of geography and science, to strengthen their subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching.

Vietnam Renovation of General Education Project (2017-18)

The GA’s involvement in the Renovation of General Education Project (RGEP), implemented by the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and supported by the World Bank, began in 2017 with the aim of launching a new national curriculum for Vietnam by 2020, focusing on revising and implementing the curriculum and improving the effectiveness of teacher instruction.

The GA with SSAT and ACT worked with over 800 teachers through the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme to develop practice in critical thinking. Teachers applied learning from the course in their own classrooms, reflected on its impact and shared their learning with others.

Year of Fieldwork (2015-16)

This project promoted fieldwork throughout the 5-19 curriculum, with the GA as a founding partner.

Global Learning Programme (2013-18)

The Global Learning Programme supported teaching and learning about global issues in key stages 2-3. With support from the GLP, the UK government aimed to embed Global Learning as regular practice into the school curriculum.

GeoCapabilities II (2013-17)

The GeoCapabilities II project emphasised the value and role of geography as a school subject in cultivating the development of human capabilities.

I-Use: statistics in education (2012-15)

This project helped teachers make sense of statistical information through different presentation forms and media, as a means of developing students’ statistical concepts and thinking.

Making My Place in the World (2011-12)

This project helped students develop speaking and listening skills and expand their geographical knowledge.

Making Geography Happen (2010)

This Action Plan-funded project investigated progress in geography classrooms through good quality, innovative curriculum-making.

Global Dimension (2010)

A project introducing the global dimension into the Key Stage 3 classroom.

Digital learning at key stage 4 (2009)

This project developed ideas for using digital learning resources at KS4.

Geography of Disease (2008-9)

This project engaged students aged 12-14 years with ideas about the spread of disease and risk and explored ways to develop spatially aware, informed, numerate citizens.

Young Geographers (2008)

This project supported primary school teachers to plan fieldwork in their locality, incorporating aspects of Educational for Sustainable Development.

E-scape (2007-8)

Investigated ways in which assessment activities can be carried out under tightly controlled conditions in a limited amount of time, using digital portfolios.

Living Geography (2007-8)

The project aimed to meet the challenge of engaging students with innovative and enjoyable learning that embraces their own perceptions of change in the local environment.

Young People’s Geographies (2006-11)

This curriculum development and research programme investigated how school students and teachers can work together to develop the school geography curriculum.

Action Plan for Geography (2006-11)

The APG was a large national programme to provide opinion formers, policy makers, parents and pupils with a clear vision of geography as a relevant, powerful 21st century subject; and to equip teachers with the professional skills they need so that pupils enjoy and succeed in geography.

Approaches to Using Webcams (2006-7)

Three schools set out to investigate webcam uses and their impact on learners.

Spatially Speaking (2005-7)

This project sought to develop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as fundamental tools for learning geography, through sharing and communicating GIS work carried out in school with pupils.

Where Will I Live? (2005-6)

This project encouraged teachers of geography and citizenship to create teaching resources exploring community, sustainability, design, place, geographical imagination and interconnectedness.

The Primary Geography Handbook Extension Project (2005-6)

Material created by teachers building on the resources and ideas in the GA Primary Geography Handbook.

A Geography Department Website (2004-5)

The project created innovative and practical solutions to the challenge of making the most of the school Geography Department website.

Valuing Places (2003-6)

The project explored how teaching about places developed key stage 2 and 3 students’ understanding of global interconnections.

Building Sustainable Communities (2003)

Groups of teachers were engaged through this project in action research investigating ‘What is meant by sustainable communities?’ and ‘How do geographical skills lead to engagement?’

GA projects pre-2003

Although digital records and materials are not readily available, the GA led and managed a wide range of projects prior to 2003. Notable amongst these were:

  • Coastline 2000, in which schools collected data on stretches of the UK coastline (2000)
  • Land Use UK, in which the GA mobilised 1500 schools and 50,000 people to survey local land use (1996)
  • National Education Resources Information (NERIS), funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and operated by the GA to review remotely accessed educational resources (1989)
  • Second Land Utilisation Survey launched by Alice Coleman (1960)
  • Morphological survey of Great Britain (1958)
  • Land Utilisation Survey of Britain, undertaken by the GA, led by Professor Sir L. Dudley Stamp, the Ordnance Survey and the Ministry of Agriculture (1930)

Records of many of these projects are held in a physical archive, located at GA headquarters.

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