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Enhancing your geography subject leadership

Enhancing your geography subject leadership

 18/04/2024 - 16/05/2024    


Feel empowered to improve the quality of geography provision across your school with valuable insights and practical strategies from our expert educators.


The aim of the course is to empower you to improve the quality of geography provision across your school. Our expert educators will provide valuable insights and practical strategies to support you to think like geographers and activate hard thinking within your school.

The course follows a plan-do-review format empowering you to implement an aspect of your learning, reflect on its effectiveness within your context and engage in a professional dialogue around how to improve pupils’ geographical outcomes. This consists of:

Session 1 – Full day: The day explores what effective geography subject leadership and management looks like, enabling you to support teaching and learning within your context. You have the chance to explore effective monitoring techniques that measure fidelity to your planned curriculum intent, and identify gaps, inconsistencies and geographical misconceptions to highlight resource and CPD needs. Our experts guide reflection on possible barriers to exceptional primary geography in your school, and how to identify, plan and implement change that will build staff confidence and competencies, and ultimately have a high level of impact on pupil outcomes.

Gap task: Between the sessions, take an aspect of the course and have a go at implementing it before reporting back your experience to the group.

Session 2 – Twilight: Continue to improve your leadership skills as the group collaborates and shares their experiences. Consider together how the examples discussed might be adopted, adapted and embedded into their school.

By the end of this course, gain the knowledge and skills to become a more effective Geography Subject Leader. Feel equipped with a range of tools and approaches to monitor curriculum implementation and evaluate its impact, enabling you to drive continuous improvement and enhance pupil outcomes within your school.

Supporting research / references

Leading primary geography on GA website

The Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review (2020) Outlines

Geographical Association (2022) A framework for the school geography curriculum

Key learning aims

  • To know what is meant by ‘thinking’ like a geographer and how to support teachers and pupils to do so.
  • To better understand processes employed to monitor curriculum implementation.
  • To reflect on what is preventing improvement and how to address this.
  • To implement an aspect of the course, share and reflect on its effect.

Expected impact on teachers

  • Improved knowledge of disciplinary elements of the subject and how to support its teaching.
  • Increased understanding of tools used to monitor teaching and learning and how these can be used to support improvement in geography.
  • Improved geographical knowledge through more accurate and focused teaching of geography.
  • Think, work and apply like geographers.

Course programme

This course consists of two dates with a gap task between as described above. These are a full day: 9.30 – 15.30 and a twilight 15.45-17:00. The course runs as follows:

Full day

Session 1 – Thinking like a Geographer

Session 2 – Role of the geography subject leader.

Session 3 – Monitoring geography

Session 4 – Action planning and implementation


Session 1 – Sharing our experiences.

Session 2 – Building on those experiences




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