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Ian Geddes is the author of several geography books, including the highly acclaimed study guide, ‘How to Pass Higher Geography, and co-author of the new CfE Higher Geography Core textbooks, Physical and Human Environments’ and ‘Global Issues’.He is also a Geography Field guide for Rayburn Tours and leads groups of students to Iceland, Morocco and Switzerland.

Ian has experience as an SQA marker, and has written teaching materials for Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher Geography as well as having been commissioned by SQA, LTS and Education Scotland. He provides CPD on Higher Geography and National 5 and to groups, departments and individual teachers.

Ian has been commissioned by the BBC to re-write some of the Bitesize Higher Geography material for a new 'app' coming out in 2017

Higher Geography and the Question Paper

Thursday 1st March 2018

10.00 - 15.30

£179 plus VAT

The course is designed for teachers who wish to further enhance their delivery of the content of the Question Paper.

There will be an opportunity to review marking standards.

There will also be a practical workshop to identify the key elements of a 'good answer' with the intention of improving grades.


Understanding Standards: Raising Attainment in Higher Geography
Date tbc
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

Ian will review the first three presentations of the Higher Geography course. A key focus will be on understanding standards with the objective of raising attainment

You will:

  • build on best practice approaches for the question paper and the assignment
  • gain deeper experiential understanding of standards of Higher Geography
  • have an opportunity to network with colleagues and share best practice

Who should attend?

  • the course is particularly useful to teachers new to Higher Geography
the course is also highly useful to all teachers who wish to raise attainment standards in SQA Geography

All participants in this course will also receive a copy of: Success in the Higher Geography Assignment

by Ian Geddes and Calum Campbell

Written by the authors of the Hodder Core Textbooks for Higher Geography, ‘Global Issues’ and ‘Physical and Human Environments’ (Value £45)
This two part package consists of a power point presentation plus a booklet, written for both the student and their teacher.

  • A simplified guideline to the assignment and the steps involved
  • Advice on how to choose and plan a relevant assignment theme or topic
  • A step by step guide that offers practical guidance and support
  • Advice on how to evaluate methods of enquiry using source materials and research techniques
  • Advice on how to structure the assignment
  • Advice on good and bad practise with worked examples of student assignment
  • An insight into the marking process

‘This package, from two experienced Geographers is an excellent first step to guide students through the complex structure of the Higher Geography Assignment. Teachers will appreciate the ‘no- nonsense approach’ adopted. The package is also valuable throughout the assignment process to keep all students on task. ‘


Understanding Standards: Raising Attainment in National 5 Geography
Date tbc
10.00 - 15.30.30
£179 plus VAT

This is the perfect time for a National 5 course reflecting the changes planned for session 2017/2018
This is a one day practical overview and is aimed at:

  • teachers new to teaching this course
  • those teachers seeking to renew and update their skills
  • teachers who wish to gain insight into the course, its structure and standards
  • teachers who wish to network and share good practise

Why attend?     

  • to review the National 5 Examination and course
  • to build on previous success in the light of experience and best practice
  • to have a clearer understanding of the marking procedures and standards
  • to build on best practice approaches for the Assignment


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE: NEW - Success in Higher Geography Assignment

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