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Teaching Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

misty bridgeTeaching Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Building the skills and knowledge to support pupils use GIS and apply their understanding in a range of context

This one day event focuses on the use of online GIS and its applications for data acquisition and mapping techniques. The course also incorporates many essential literacy and numeracy skills practiced in Geography. For example, identifying and querying selected ecosystems within countries and regions through to answering describe and explain questions. For numeracy, Microsoft Excel and online data are used to perform meaningful mathematical tasks for analysis. We simulate the creating of earthquake maps to provide teachers with a decision making exercise to try themselves and take back to school. All the teaching resources provided on the day are intended to ensure delegates are confident in their own understanding of the use of GIS and how they can support their learners to develop their skills. Resources include teaching and learning packs, fieldwork data application, advice on reliable data use and glossary of terms for specialist 'GIS' terminology.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is now a compulsory part of all English syllabuses and the National Curriculum. This hands-on course introduces teachers to a free online GIS designed and operated by Esri, called ArcGIS. The basic principles are taught utilising real-life examples of how GIS are applied to vital services, research and flood management, for example. Following this, tailor-made Key Stage 3 & 4 Geography resources are shared and practiced through the day. The resources utilise online data and incorporate many important literacy and numeracy themes. This fully-supported course has been delivered and its resources successfully implemented in many schools in England, Mumbai and Luxemburg.

This Event will :-

  • Review the curriculum and assessment changes and how best to share best practice in planning a robust programme to support learning and achievement
  • Give teachers of Geography the opportunity to review the skills that learners use to develop their understanding of GIS
  • Consider how teachers and other staff can support learners to use relevant skills in order to deepen their understanding, learn from others and be able to solve problems, use data, analyse situations and make informed decisions in order to progress and achieve their full potential in the context of this aspect of the Geography curriculum
  • Provide an opportunity to reflect on how to support pupils build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field as part of the new curriculum requirements
  • Provide opportunities to show how the use of GIS supports learners to view, analyse and interpret places and data linked to making connections with both literacy and numeracy skills
  • Show how to use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.
  • Provide delegates with well researched and highly recommended materials that are designed to support further training and development opportunities so that delegates who attend the training can cascade their learning to others in their team

Who is it for?

Subject leaders from Geography or Faculty leaders or members of their teams with responsibility for planning and delivering the Geography curriculum and Key Stage 3,4 and 5 and who would like to increase their knowledge of how to use GIS as an aid to learning and ensure learners have the confidence to use GIS in a practical capacity and answer questions in an examination. Also those teachers and subject leaders who want to look closely at how to use GIS to ensure high quality learning opportunities identify where literacy and numeracy are at the heart of teaching a Geography curriculum. Literacy or numeracy co-ordinators who would like to have an opportunity to work with Geography teachers and look in detail at how the concepts taught in English and Maths are closely aligned with the teaching and assessment of Geography at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Who is the course tutor?

Amy taught secondary Geography in the UK and Australia before deciding to pursue a career as a GIS specialist after completed her MSc in GIS at the University of Leeds in 2015. Amy currently works for Leeds City Council in the Flood Risk Management team as a GIS consultant. Here she manages the Council’s assets using the Council’s GIS. She supports the public during times of flood events In Leeds and support the Council’s Investigation team; Planning department; Highways and many government and non-government agencies. Previously Amy worked for Environment Agency where she used GIS to map modelled flood outlines, flood zones, Historic flooding events and supported several teams in times of flooding events.


"Key ideas and knowledge about software and where to get information/data sets, very useful! "
An Assistant Director of Learning - Geography

"All highly relevant and interesting. This will certainly be used in all my classes ( KS3-KS5 )"
A Teacher from an international school in Luxembourg

"Hands on and useful course, useful for lesson development."
A Teacher from Birmingham course

This event will begin at 9.30 with refreshments and registration and will finish at around 3.30 in the afternoon. We always provide lunch and a full set of resources from the day.


First Delegate:

£275 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£225 +VAT

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