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Return of fieldwork requirements

The Geographical Association (GA) has released a joint statement, in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the Field Studies Council and Discover the World Education, welcoming the post-pandemic reinstatement of fieldwork requirements to GCSE and A level geography.

The statement signals the wholehearted support of all four organisations for the place of fieldwork within geography qualifications and curricula in schools. It sets out the distinctive and significant contribution of fieldwork to geography education, but also acknowledges that dedicated support for teachers is now needed to re-invigorate fieldwork in schools across the country.

In particular, the statement highlights the need for more professional development support for teachers, including those who entered teaching during the pandemic period of fieldwork restrictions.

GA Chief Executive Alan Kinder said:

‘Fieldwork enjoys a long and rich tradition in school geography. It is one of the ways we can inspire young people and give them an insight into the nature of geography. Alongside our partners, the GA is committed to providing teachers with the practical and professional support they need to overcome recent and current challenges to fieldwork.

‘Our vision is that every school will provide a full and rich programme of geography fieldwork for all the children and young people in its care. The reinstatement of GCSE and A level fieldwork requirements by Ofqual and the Department for Education provides us all with a call to action on this important issue.’

View the statement here