Initial Teacher Education

Geography Initial Teacher Education

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"In true geographer style, we are encouraged to go and explore the area around us to see how we can bring the outside world into the classroom."

The passion for geography, a passion for learning and a desire to critically explore our world are core ingredients within our learning community. Add in experienced mentors and tutors and the mix is right to nurture the next cohort of inspiring geography teachers.

Experience, plan and deliver high quality fieldwork

A five-day fieldwork programme in the Peak District will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding around practical fieldwork. This experience in invaluable in supporting your future teaching career

Develop your own teacher identity

We support you in becoming a critically aware practitioner and in refining your own teacher identity and educational philosophy. The idea of geography as a school ‘subject’ is central to our course. By this we mean that the course enables you to understand how your own passion for geography translates into interesting, challenging and worthwhile learning for young people.

Take part in active learning

University-based sessions are active and engaging, encouraging you to share ideas about how and what to teach. At the same time you will develop your professional understanding about what it means be a great geography teacher.

Become an active professional

We are responsive to an ever-changing national education context and we engage with that developing landscape – both in our subject and in wider education.

Access fantastic learning opportunities

You will have input from subject-based experts both in university and in schools. Many of our mentors are former students who know and understand our programme. Mentors and academic experts, in fields such as GIS and meteorology, contribute to our university teaching.

Follow a high-quality learning programme

Our programme is jointly planned and regularly refined by us and practicing experts, who we work closely with, to ensure that you are well equipped to begin your teaching career.

Be involved in the wider geography community

You are encouraged to be part of wider professional networks such as the Geographical Association (GA), and retain a professional interest in developments in geography as a discipline. Past students have attended the GA’s annual conference and presented their teaching ideas and written articles for the GA journal, Teaching Geography.

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The School of Education and School of Geography are a University of Nottingham affiliated branch of the Geographical Association.


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School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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