after half-term. I hope that you've defrosted and that there's a
spring in your step as well as spring in the air...
Important update regarding GCSE reforms 2012
I've had a few queries from colleagues recently, asking
about possible changes to the GCSE specifications when they go linear
from September 2012, first exam summer 2014, so I want to make sure that
I am keeping you informed on a regular basis by email and via our Geography
As you know, we are only proposing to make the changes
necessary for linear assessment and SPaG. For GCSE Geography, this would
mean no major content changes and three separate terminal exams plus
an unchanged controlled assessment (subject to accreditation by Ofqual).
is planning to carry out a review of all GCSE Geography specifications
awarding bodies to ensure that they meet all of the regulatory
requirements, that they make clear the full course of study required of
candidates, and that the assessment arrangements support this.
Just so you know, we have carried out thorough internal
and external reviews of both our Geography specifications and, although
we are confident that they meet the current regulations, we are
changes to assessments on GCSE Geography A in order
to clarify the breadth of study required at this level.
We will submit these changes to Ofqual at the end of
February and be informed of accreditation decisions by Friday 20 April,
at the latest. I will be in touch with you as soon as I know the outcome
of this process. This of course means that we can't, at this stage, confirm
exactly what changes may be required as a result of this Ofqual review.
However, I will keep you informed about the latest developments as they
We'll be providing a comprehensive support package to help
with the changes made for linear and SPaG, and for any changes made as a
result of this Ofqual review of all GCSE Geography specifications.
In the first instance, we will be running free
online events in March to provide you with more information on the
changes. Details of these events can be found below and you can book a
place online at our training
GCSE Geography B Unit 3 Resource Booklets
The Summer 2012 pre-released Resource Booklet for GCSE Geography B: Unit
3 DME on 'Sustainability and London's 2012 Olympics' is now in centres.
Ask your Exams Officer to give you these advance copies so you can use
them with your students as you wish from now. We know that
photocopying is costly and budgets are tight so we'll send you an additional
clean resource booklet with each question paper in the
summer for candidates to use in the exam. There's an online event
'How to deliver content and skills for Unit 3 Making Geographical
Decisions - An Overview' on 27 February. Book your place
visit our training
page and enter the event code 11OGA11/01.
- Our Getting Ready To Teach: International GCSE Geography &
Edexcel Certificate in Geography (International GCSE for UK-state
schools) from 2012 event takes place at the Royal Geographical Society on
Monday 19 March. To book your free place visit
page and enter the event code 11NGA19/01.
- Visit us on stand 55 at the Geographical
Association Conference Manchester 12-14 April to say hello
and for a chance to win an Apple iPad!
Here are our January 2012 exam feedback events.
Visit our training
page and enter the event code to book:
(Units 3 & 4): Feedback from January 2012
Geography B: Improving learning through feedback from January 2012
exams (Units 1 and 2)
(Units 1 & 2): Feedback from January 2012
Geography A: Improving learning through feedback from January 2012
Exams (Units 1, 2, and 3)
Feedback from January 2012 - Units 1 and 2 (Online Event)
Feedback from January 2012 - Units 3 and 4 (Online Event)
Geography A: Feedback from January 2012 exams - Units 1, 2 and 3
Geography B: Feedback from January 2012 exams - Units 1 and 2 (Online
January 2012 exam materials
Question papers - available now on the relevant qualification
Mark schemes - available now
on the relevant qualification
Examiners' Reports - available on
ResultsPlus on 8 March and on relevant qualification
page from 13 March.
Upcoming key dates
The final dates for submitting your marks and samples of
work for coursework/controlled assessment for the summer 2012 series are:
- Entry Level Certificate in Geography: 4 May 2012
- GCSE Geography controlled assessment: 15 May 2012
Final dates for summer 2012 entries:
- Entry Level Geography entries: 21 March 2012
- International GCSE Geography entries: 21 March 2012
- GCSE Geography entries: 21 March 2012
- GCE Geography entries: 21 March 2012
Note that we have moved ALL entry deadlines to 21 March!
You can download the June
2012 examination timetables here.
Results will be issued to candidates on the following days:
- January series GCSE and GCE results: 8 March 2012
- Summer series GCE results: 16 August 2012
- Summer series GCSE and International GCSE: 23 August 2012
Pre-release of Advance Information:
- GCE Geography Unit 3 and Unit 4 summer 2012 pre-releases on the
website: 3 May 2012
- GCSE Geography B Unit 3 DME theme for June 2014 exam on
page : 1 June 2012
- GCSE Geography Controlled Assessment tasks for 2014 on
page: 7 June 2012
Geography at Key Stages 3 and 4 survey
We'd like to better understand current teaching practices and experiences
across Key Stages 3 and 4 in order that we might support you better. We'd
be grateful if you could complete the survey at this
link. All completed surveys by Friday 24 February will be
entered into a free prize draw to win one of three prizes of Amazon vouchers,
with a first prize of 50 worth of vouchers, second prize of 30 worth of
vouchers and a third prize of 20 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Take part in a new ResultsPlus pilot service for Geography
This March we are testing out a new service in ResultsPlus. Teachers who
opt in to the pilot service can receive automated emailed highlight
reports for GCSE and GCE Geography results from the January 2012 series.
The report - available from 6am on 8 March - will offer insights
into your cohort's best and worst questions or curriculum areas in
relation to the national cohort. This is a pilot with a view to offering
a more comprehensive service later in the year. As with ResultsPlus, the
reports are free. To join our pilot and have the opportunity of shaping
our future services please sign up using our quick
Geography in the news...
Bric Power! Story
on Brazilian rapper Criolo - the megastar of the megacities - a nice
hook into A-level and GCSE globalisation, world cities,
growth of urban areas, as well as the uneasy relationship between the
culture of consumerism and concerns about biodiversity loss and
its role in raising awareness of environmental change (eat your
heart out Chico Mendez).
Some nice work from Garry
Simmons useful for Edexcel AS Unit 2 Extreme Weather explaining
the recent UK snowfall
I hope this is useful.
All the best,
Geography Subject Advisor