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Oxfam Education offers a huge range of ideas, resources and support for developing the global dimension in the classroom and the whole school. All of the resources support Education for Global Citizenship – education that helps pupils understand their world and make a positive difference in it.
Good Practice Resource - A Creative Curriculum to Support Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Geography: Corsham Primary School (2013)
This example shows how a school integrates geography into teaching to create a broad and balanced creative curriculum.
Good Practice Resource - Excellent Geography Teaching: Greenbank High School (2012)
This case study explains how structured scaffolding enables students to compile detailed in-depth case studies for geography. This approach ensures that they have the detailed knowledge and information needed to answer GCSE examination questions with confidence. The summary sheets that students produce as they work through the sequence of related lessons provide a useful resource for future examination revision.
Good Practice Resource - Improving Provision in Geography: Greenford High School (2011)
This example illustrates how resources and training can be used to develop teachers’ subject knowledge and skills in geography. It includes links to external resources and to resources supplied by the school.
Geography - Learning to Make a World of Difference (2011)
This report draws from visits to 91 primary and 90 secondary schools (including one special school) in England between 2007 and 2010. It evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of geography in these schools and assesses the challenges faced by the subject today. Geography was flourishing in a minority of the schools visited and was under pressure in the rest. The report describes the value of learning geography and what needs to be done to reverse its decline. It builds on the 2008 Ofsted report, Geography in schools: changing practice.
Geography in Schools: Changing Practice (2008)
The report, published in January 2008, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of geography in primary and secondary schools. At a time when geographical issues constantly make the headlines, there is some evidence of decline in provision in schools. This report shows the characteristics of good geography and fieldwork, and suggests what needs to be done to make the subject more relevant and enjoyable in all schools.
The report can be downloaded via the following link:
CSF066 Model Geography Policy for Primary Schools
CSF067 Model Geography Policy for Secondary Schools
A major resource for local geography is the Hertfordshire Local Studies Library (part of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust offer schools teaching resources through their special School WATCH Membership to help teachers utilise the outdoor classroom, plan wildlife and environmental activities for their pupils, develop their observational skills and inspire interest in the countryside.
This could contribute towards the 'Eco-School' status, showing the schools' commitment to the environment and local wildlife. Workshops and assemblies can be arranged through the Wildlife Watch Co-ordinator.
For more information visit:
Indian and Gambian Artefact kits available for loan from:
Outdoor Connexions Hertfordshire provides field study courses in geography for all ages and abilities at two county bases, Cuffley and Hudnall Park. Their staff also provide guidance and training on the use of the school grounds for geography and other subject areas.