Welcome to the Geography web pages for the Grand Union Training Partnership. Here you will find information relevant to the teaching of Geography. Geography is taught to 11-13 year old students in Key Stage 3 and 14-16 year old students in Key Stage 4 and 17-18 year old students in Key Stage 5. Topics covered on training include:

• The importance of Geography in the national curriculum
• Effective lesson planning and assessment
• How to motivate students of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds
• Teaching in a humanities department
• Effective classroom management skills and the latest issues relating to the teaching of Geography
• Positive Behaviour Management
• ICT and Geography
• Field Work and trip planning
• Data Handling

Subject Specific Aims
These aims are in addition to the overall aims of the Grand Union Training Partnership:
• To increase awareness amongst Associate Teachers of their crucial role in raising standards in Geography/Humanities.
• To enable Associate Teachers to develop in all their learners positive attitudes towards other cultures.
• To encourage Associate Teachers to incorporate different stimuli e.g. fieldwork into their teaching which will enrich the learning of their pupils.
• To develop knowledge and understanding of the role of Geography/Humanities in the whole curriculum, with particular reference to the National Curriculum Key Stages 3 and 4, as well as a range of post-16 courses.
• To increase awareness amongst Associate Teachers of their crucial role in raising Geography standards.
• To provide the opportunities to develop effective teaching and assessment strategies in the Geography/Humanities classroom, focusing on appropriate planning, methodologies and organisation of the learning environment.
• To consider the role and relationship of teachers and learners in the Geography/Humanities classroom, with particular reference to individual differences, teaching and learning styles, differentiation and the management of pupils' behaviour.
• To enable students to become independent thinkers

Training for each subject is undertaken through a number of twilight sessions and subject training days held in the various schools throughout the academic year. Potential Associate Teachers wishing to embark on the training programme must possess a relevant degree and grade C, or above, in Maths and English at GCSE. Relevant experience may also be considered.
Exam boards used by the schools in which Associate Teachers train include AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Click on the links below to access these sites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information.


The Grand Union Training Partnership,
Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6DJ
Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.