Fieldwork makes geography come to life, puts everything into context in glorious 3D and helps students really grasp how geography literally shapes the world around us.

Kate Humble, Presenter of BBC Springwatch

Well-planned, safely run, quality fieldwork can benefit students’ learning and personal development. Positive fieldwork experiences may also encourage students to continue their geographical education at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

The Action Plan for Geography is working with teachers to improve the breadth and quality of fieldwork in our schools. Explore these pages of the GTT website for resources and advice for fieldwork, including:

  • Top tips for successful fieldwork
  • Health and safety guidelines
  • Techniques for incorporating ICT and GIS into fieldwork
  • Ideas and resources for local learning
  • Case studies of good practice
  • Information about CPD and exemplar field days

Panels on the right hand side of the page link you to external sites which will help you to get started when you’re planning a trip.

Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto

The Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto was launched by the DfES on 28th November 2006 to promote the benefits of learning beyond the classroom.
“Learning outside the classroom is about raising achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn.”
Organisations including schools are encouraged to pledge their support for the Manifesto by becoming signatories and stating how they will take action to promote learning outside the classroom.
The Fieldwork and Local Learning strand of the Action Plan for Geography is run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
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