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Geoscience Education Academy

This year’s Geoscience Education Academy will take place from 25 – 28 July at Burlington House, writes Jo Mears

GEANow in its third year, this course continues to attract a wide spectrum of science and geography teachers, NQT’s and PGCE science students. Those who attend can learn how to best teach Earth science as part of their subject.

Picture: Trainer Ian Kenyon (Head of Geology, Truro School)  in action.

Pete Loader, incoming Chair of ESTA and one of the two CPD trainers for this year’s event says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for science and geography teachers, both established and new, to learn how to confidently teach their subject in an Earth science context. We will be covering all the Earth science aspects of the national curriculum with an emphasis on practical demonstrations and a hands-on approach.”.

Ian Kenyon, Head of Geology at Truro School (picture), Senior WJEC examiner and one of the trainers for the event this year says: “The GEA is a wonderful opportunity for delegates from a range of educational backgrounds to gain valuable teaching insights. Based at Burlington House, home of British Geology, the venue alone should serve to inspire!”.

Prof. Iain Stewart said: ‘There’s little doubt that our planet offers some of the most exciting and dynamic topics for young people to study and equally presents some of the greatest challenges to society over the coming decades. So this opportunity of conveying the vitality and vitalness of Earth Science to those at the front line of education is critically important. The Geological Society offers the perfect setting for this task – a wonderfully intimate and collegial environment in which many of the great theories of Planet Earth first emerged.’

The Society is grateful to BP for providing funds to allow this course to be offered free to all attendees. For further information on how to participate in this year’s event, email [email protected].