The National Qualifications Geography Review Report was published today.
It is included below and can also be found on the subject page (under updates & announcements, review report) http://ow.ly/5SVC3007ekO
This week, SQA have published Understanding Standards materials for units in the following geography courses.
-National 3: Global Issues unit
-National 5: Human Environments unit
-Higher: Global Issues unit and Human Environments unit.
These materials are available from the SQA secure website and you can arrange access to them through your SQA Co-ordinator. They must be stored securely and treated as confidential.
LJ Research - an Edinburgh-based market researcher - are carrying out a survey among geography teachers in Scotland. The study's objective is to understand if a former open-cast coalmine in South-West Scotland might provide attractive educational opportunities to schools and teachers. Your views would help shape the development of this site. You can take the survey in ca. 5 minutes of your time here: http://teachers.visitrac.co.uk
Do you want to have more of a say in SAGT at committee level? Would you like to add to your CV? Do you have good numeracy skills?
Marjorie is stepping down as treasurer in October and we would really like a committed SAGT member who could step into her shoes.The post will officially start in October but it would be a good idea if you could shadow her for a few months prior to this .
The treasurer would be required to attend 4 full committee meetings and 4 executive meetings each year, be responsible for the full SAGT accounts and expenses and will receive a small enumeration, and expenses, for this job.
Tasks of the Treasurer:
To maintain accurate records of SAGT finances
To run the SAGT accounts
To complete the documentation required for the bank accounts
To complete the documentation required for auditors
To complete the documentation required for OSCR
To pay expenses to Committee /Exec
To liaise with President
To liaise with Subs secretary re subs bank account
To liaise with Conference Convenor re conference account
To pay invoices / costs of SAGT incurred expenses e.g. CPD events
To produce a report / accounts for Executive meetings / committee meetings/ AGM
To book and pay for venue for meetings
To gather the applications for travel grants and to present to committee for their consideration
To “keep an eye” on income / costs
If you would like to enquire about the vacancy please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fieldwork Development Weekend
27 – 29th May
At Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning
Kincraig, Inverness-shire, PH21 1NG
Free programme for all teachers + Free transport from Edinburgh
This event aims to provide practitioners with confidence and ideas to deliver creative, quality fieldwork in a relevant context.
Aimed primarily at teachers of Biology, Geography and Environmental Science, we will cover ideas for investigations and fieldwork skills pertinent to all levels including CfE Higher and Advanced Higher.
Accommodation and catering are available at Lagganlia. This is free to teachers in City of Edinburgh Council schools and available at cost for non-CEC teachers.
To register, or for more information, please email Andrew.Bagnall@edinburgh.gov.uk
Friday 27th May, 18:00 -
Gathering data; part 1: A chance to set a multitude of equipment to gather data on every aspect of our surrounding environment.
There’s an app for that: Using technology to capture fieldwork data
Dinner & social
Saturday 28th May, 09:00 – 18:00
Using our environment: A holistic approach to investigating the environment through fieldwork
Gathering data; part 2: Retrieve the equipment set Friday evening and record the data
Using the data; part 1: The role of technology in data analysis and display
Using the data; part 2: Application of statistics to analyse and describe the data
Sunday 29th May, 09:00 – 13:00
Sites to impress: Some local highlights with great opportunities for fieldwork
Attendance for only part of the programme is possible – please email for details
SAGT sends its congratulations to founder member and previous president of the association Gilbert Gray on his recent award from the French Government. Gilbert was awarded Le Chevalier de La Legion d’honneur for his part in the liberation of France in World War 2.
For more details see: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/lanarkshire-man-91-awarded-highest-7056238
The programme and registration forms for conference are now available to download - see Conference tab above.
The text that follows is part of an article written in the Guardian 13th August 2015 and whilst it relates to A level Geography there is much here that is true for our students too here in Scotland.
“Geography is a subject for our times. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who have the skills needed to work across the physical and social sciences. Geographers get to learn data analysis, and to read Robert Macfarlane. They learn geographic information systems. They can turn maps from a two-dimensional representation of a country’s physical contours into a tool that illustrates social attributes or attitudes: not just where people live, but how, what they think and how they vote. They learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them.
All these are not just intrinsically interesting and valuable. They also encourage ways of seeing and thinking that make geographers eminently employable, which is why, according to the latest information from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, only 5.8% of geography graduates were still job-hunting six months after they graduated, against an average of 7.3%.”
There are further comments from the Royal Geographical Society specifically relating to increased uptake of Geography in England and Wales
Our colleagues at the Scottish Royal Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth have been working on producing some excellent materials which will enable us to further promote Geography to our students and points out the value of studying Geography at National 4/5, Higher, Advanced Higher and beyond. These will be available to all teachers in due course.
The link below is to a piece written by Mike Robinson CEO of RSGS “everyone is a geographer”