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'Landscapes of Detectorists' - from Uniformbooks

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"Alright geography degree, where should we be searching?"
I've been waiting for this book for some time, and it's lovely to finally hold it in my hand and flick through its contents before diving in. I didn't quite do a "gold dance" when my lovely postlady left it on the doormat and retreated two metres, but not far off.
'Detectorists' instantly grabbed me when the first episode of the first series was broadcast on the BBC on 2nd of October 2014. The week before I'd watched another wonderful Toby Jones performance in 'Marvellous' about the life of Neil Baldwin, so I was keen to see him in this new series too.
There was something calming about the series as it progressed, with the relationship between Becky and Andy, the banter about 'University Challenge', their random finds and changing relationships. There are so many small moments of joy (many of which make it into the pages of the book)

The random curries made from whatever…

OFQUAL Consultation on Fieldwork in GCSEs for 2021

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“Fieldwork is the best and most immediate means of bringing the two aspects of the subject (i.e. a body of knowledge and a distinctive method of study) together in the experience of the pupil. Therefore, fieldwork is a necessary part of geographical education; it is not an optional extra”  
(Bailey, 1974)
Over the years I've been part of many consultations and responses to consultations from the GA and also in a personal capacity. 
Over the years the GA and other bodies have had to fight to keep aspects of the subject, indeed the whole subject itself, on the curriculum.
Many consultations receive a low number of responses.
This often plays to those who want to skew the result in a particular way by saying "look, there's no real opposition to this in the responses to the consultation".
OFQUAL has a consultation running until the 16th of July. TAKE PART!

This consultation is on the content and running of the 2021 Exams for GCSE, AS (which nobody really does anymore) and A …

The new urgency of climate change - Al Gore

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"Getting informed consent from 7.8 billion people who have no voice and no say, who are subject to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this wackadoodle proposal that somebody comes up with to try to rearrange the entire Earth's atmosphere and hope and pretend that it's going to cancel out the fact that we're putting 152 million tons of heat trapping manmade global warming pollution into the sky, every day that's what's really insane."

New from TED for June 2020.
An important interview with Al Gore. I remember 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

The coronavirus brought much of the world to a standstill, dropping carbon emissions by five percent. Al Gore says keeping those rates down is now up to us. In this illuminating interview, he discusses how the steadily declining cost of wind and solar energy will transform manufacturing, transportation and agriculture, offer a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels and nuclear energy and create millions of new jobs…

Geography SW has launched

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A new website for those who are in the SW, and those who aren't.
Launched by Simon Ross, John Davidson and Emma Espley, and supported by a team of geographers including Harry West from UWE.
The site already includes resources for all key stages and also advice for those wanting to visit the SW, those studying at University, and teachers requiring CPD in the area. Plenty of links through to GA support materials and resources are included.


The site will continue to grow over time. There are already some interesting GCSE case studies added for example.
Of course, we could now have other groups of geographers stepping up to produce similar portals for other parts of the country.

Guidance on how to contribute to the site is here. This could be a way for those who want to share their work and ideas to have them publicised so that others can easily access them.

Mapping Place, Troubling Space

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A multi-media essay from J R Carpenter - worth a read. Some interesting ideas.

Landscapes of Detectorists

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Now available to pre-order on Uniform Books website.



‘Landscapes of Detectorists’ considers the programme’s engagement with landscape, its ecological resonances, and its attention to place and identity.

This book offers four distinct geographical readings of Detectorists—Innes M. Keighren attends to the sensory, technological, and emotional interpretation of landscape; Isla Forsyth examines the relationship between objects, memory, and place; the significance of verticality, the aerial, and groundedness is discussed by Andrew Harris; and Joanne Norcup considers the contested interconnections of gender, expertise, and knowledge making.

The collection is bookended by reflections on the creative processes and decisions that supported the journey of Detectorists from script to screen: in a foreword written by its writer-director, Mackenzie Crook, and in an afterword written by its originating producer, Adam Tandy.

Illustrated throughout with black and white stills from the programme.

New GA CPD packs

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The Geographical Association has launched a series of CPD Packs.
They are designed for teachers to use in school with colleagues. Each one contains a range of practical activities which are flexible to suit your context.

Each pack meets the 2016 Standard for teachers’ professional development (DfE) and contains a range of practical activities which are flexible to both your context, the amount of time that you have available and your department or school’s needs.


The GA will be running a free webinar to introduce the series and to give teachers an opportunity to engage with some of the activities from the CPD pack: What makes a geography lesson ‘good’? 
This will take place on Wednesday 3 June and the GA will be running the webinar twice – once between 10am and 11am and again between 4pm and 5pm.
You can book a place here.