Showing posts from January, 2020

New GA Chair of Trustees role

The Geographical Association is looking for a Chair of Trustees to support the existing Governing Body fulfil its role in a fascinating and ever-changing educational landscape. It will also involve working with the current Presidential team - JVP (me), VP (Susan Pike), President (Gill Miller) and Past President (Stephen Scoffham) along with other key members of the GA's group of trustees. This is an interesting change in the governance of the Association, and we are looking for someone who has significant experience and skills which will allow us to learn from each other. This is an exciting opportunity for someone. Please share with people you think may be available and ideal for the role. Details are here on Guardian Jobs.  Feel free to get in touch via Ricky Buck / Gill Miller for more details and information. Deadline is the 20th of February. Documents are available from the Guardian Jobs page.

Free CPD in Dubai

My invitation to present at this event was obviously lost in the post, but for those colleagues in Dubai, there is an excellent CPD opportunity coming up in March. Details sent by Matt Podbury. Calling all teachers in/near Dubai, there is a fantastic free CPD day coming up in March. The Geography Teacher Toolkit Conference will be held at Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis and include sessions from Matt Podbury, ( ), Richard Waller (Keele University) and John Sayers (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai). Secure your place today and don’t forget to sign up for our teachmeet afterwards!  The tickets have gone live on Eventbrite.  They are FREE! Order of the day 8.30 am - Registration 9.10 am - Introductions 9.30 am - Fieldwork and Geographic Skills - Richard Waller This session will explore the creative ways in which fieldwork can be used to enhance the development of a range of important geographical skills. This would include field observation and

RIP The Professor

So sad to hear the news tonight that Neil Peart has passed away at the age of 67.... He was a part of my life for over 40 years, and Rush have to be one of the three bands that I have played the most whether on LP, CD or streamed on Spotify. I was privileged to see him play live 6 or 7 times I think from 1982 onwards, to the final live gig on the Time Machine tour in 2012 - regretting not seeing them on the Clockwork Angels tour now.... what a musician... One of my favourite videos is when Peart laid down a drum track for his friend Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon. The enjoyment of Matt as his friend and hero plays drums for him is infectious, and the drum track is awesome.... There are so many Rush tracks I could embed here... but check this out first... And then check out Red Barchetta live from that Time Machine tour.... Rest in peace Neil...

Arctic: culture and climate

A new exhibition is opening at the British Museum  in May 2020. It looks like it will be excellent. From 28,000-year-old mammoth ivory jewellery to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive. The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life. What happens in the Arctic will affect us all and this exhibition is a timely reminder of what the world can learn from its people. Long ago people knew something was going to happen to this earth. How they kne