Advice and support from ET / QLS

 

QLS (Quality Learning Services) is part of Education Transformation (ET) of  Staffordshire County Council. QLS offers bespoke training and consultation for your school on matters relating to teaching and learning Geography. Full details of all our services on the QLS website.  Please contact me to discuss your requirements so that I can help you develop geography in your school. Support is available for:

  • Pre-Ofsted preparations, such as completing departmental self evaluation

  • ICT in geography

  • Induction of new subject leaders

  • Post-Ofsted action plans

  • Assessment and data analysis

  • Advanced Skills Teachers for Geography

You may contact me at any time.

Kate Russell [+44 (0)1785 277966]; and by e-mail to kate.russell@staffordshire.gov.uk

The Kingston Centre, Fairway, Stafford, ST16 3TW

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QLS GEOGRAPHY Professional Development 

All new courses can be viewed via the new online booking service. Courses are open to teachers from beyond Staffordshire and indeed many participants regularly come from beyond the county borders! You can book on line or you can phone  01785 277932   or  fax 01785 256193 or  e-mail lorraine.cooper@staffordshire.gov.uk to request a list of courses or quote. 

The coming months see a range of professional development opportunities for teachers, please follow the links for further details:

Primary courses and networking opportunities for 2012 - 2013

Click on the hyperlink for full details including price and booking codes; full day at Kingston Centre, Stafford, ST16 3TW, unless stated otherwise.

Hands on Humanities
Staffordshire's First Humanities Conference

Full details here

14 March 2012 0900 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
CNB 61601
Geography Primary Network Summer Term 2012 20 June 2012 1600 - 1800
Seabridge Centre, Newcastle under Lyme
GGYB12006002
Geography Primary Network Summer Term 2012 27 June 2012 1330 - 1530
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12006001
New to the Role of the Geography Subject Leader? 10 October 2012 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12009001
Geography Primary Network Autumn Term 2012 24 October 2012 1600 - 1800
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12007001
Geography Primary Network Autumn Term 2012 25 October 2012 1330 - 1530
Seabridge Centre, Newcastle under Lyme
GGYB12007002
Geography Middle School Network 2012 28 November 2012 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12001001
Geography Network for Special Schools 2012 29 November 2012 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12002001

Secondary and Middle school courses and  networking opportunities for 2012 - 2013

Click on the hyperlink for full details; full day at Kingston Centre, Stafford, ST16 3TW unless stated otherwise.

Full details here 14 March 2012 0900 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
CNB 61601
Geography Edexcel A level Network 27 April 2012 1200 - 1630
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12010001
Maintaining Results in Geography when Moving to Linear GCSEs 21 June 2012 0900 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12011001
Secondary Geography Network 2012 22 November 2012 0915 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12003001
Geography Middle School Network 2012 28 November 2012 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12001001
Geography Network for Special Schools 2012 29 November 2012 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12002001
Geography Network for Secondary NQTs

23 January 2013 0930 - 1600
Kingston Centre, Stafford
GGYB12005001

Map: Kingston locationMost of our courses are held at The Kingston Centre in Stafford, Stafford Rail Station is about 1 hour 30 minutes from London Euston and 45 minutes from Birmingham New Street, Liverpool and Manchester. 

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Exam Data

National provisional GCSE (full course) results 2010 (all UK candidates)
Percentages by grade and gender.

Gender Number
sat
A* A B C D E F G U A*-A A*-C
Male 107794 9.1 15.1 18.1 24.1 17.6 8.3 4.0 1.9 1.8 22.1 66.4
Female 86805 14.0 19.0 18.8 21.5 14.1 6.4 3.3 1.5 1.4 33 73.3
All pupils 194599 11.3 16.9 18.3 23.0 16.0 7.5 3.7 1.7 1.6 28.2 69.5

All national results are on JCQ website.

QLS Geography

Kate RussellKate Russell is the senior adviser for geography and whose main interests are:

  • developing cross curricular links with geography and other subjects in the primary phase

  • improving place studies for the 7-13 age group.

  • developing the use of ICT as a tool for geography teachers.

Advanced Skills Teachers

Staffordshire has three ASTs who specialise in geography. ASTs are teachers who have been recognised through external assessment as having excellent classroom practice. ASTs specialise in teaching and learning and their skills in this area are used within their own school and with teachers from other schools through agreed outreach work. If you are from a Staffordshire school and would like to request support from an AST in your school please find further details and the outreach request form here which should be completed and returned to their OutReach Manager, Kate Russell at The Kingston Centre. 

Christine Rogers,is a Year 4 teacher and geography subject leader at Perton First School, near Wolverhampton. As Chris has also worked in secondary schools, she has experience of teaching pupils from Y1 through to Y11. Chris is particularly interested in cross curricular work with a geography focus.

 

 

Sarah Black, is a geography teacher at The Friary High School in Lichfield. Sarah teaches at all key stages. She is particularly interested in developing innovative schemes of work and creating exciting learning opportunities for learners.

Sarah has just launched her new website, The Geography Clinic, to support teachers and pupils across key stages 3 -5. It is full of innovative and exciting resources for geographical learning.

 

Gary Dawson is a geography teacher and former head of geography at Fair Oak Business and Enterprise College in Rugeley.

 

Chris DurbinChris Durbin  was previously the county inspector for geography but has taken up a post with the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong from September 2004. Chris was the founder of this site and was hugely significant in setting up this creative and innovative resource which has become so important in supporting geography teachers all over the UK and beyond! 

Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to kate.russell@staffordshire.gov.uk
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This page last updated 28 March 2012

 

This page was last updated 28/03/12