Jeff Stanfield

Jeff Stanfield

Jeff fell in love with the world around him as a young child growing up in Portsmouth. Farlington Marshes, Southsea, Old Portsmouth and Portsdown Hill remain very special places to him – they helped to shape his future – little did he know it at the time!

He taught in the Southampton area for over 20 years prior to becoming a geography adviser and thence county subject inspector in one of the countries largest local authorities – a post he still holds on a part time basis. This role includes overseeing subject provision and standards across all key stages and encompasses aspects of education for sustainable development / environmental education, the global dimension, community cohesion, active citizenship and learning outside the classroom

He works as a freelance Geography consultant at a local, national and international level and is passionate about ensuring that every child has access to a meaningful and progressive geography entitlement and to raising the quality of learning and teaching in the subject. Jeff undertakes work for the Geographical Association.
He has been involved in subject development at a national level for many years and is well known for his challenging and inspiring keynote addresses and professional development days. The latter focus in particular on expanding geographical enquiry, investigation, problem solving and decision making. Ensuring high standards of attainment / achievement in Geography is central to his work.

David Weatherly

David Weatherly

David has over thirty years of geography educational experience and teaches regularly in EYFS, primary and secondary schools and settings. He is an Associate Adviser within the school improvement team of LDP Babcock in Devon and a primary and secondary geography consultant at the Geographical Association. In addition he also undertakes a very wide range of school improvement work for LAs in the UK as well as NGOs and government agencies in Britain and abroad.

David is currently working on a number of geographical education development projects including a Sea Schoolprogramme for EYFS, writing the new online primary Moorland Classroom enquiries for Exmoor National Park and strategies to improve the performance of boys at GCSE.

Whether working directly with teachers and school leaders or writing new curriculum materials, David always seeks to improve the engagement and raise the performance of children and young people in geography at all stages through the carefully planned progression of key subject knowledge and concepts and skills. As well as geography David also has particular expertise in developing Education for Sustainability (encompassing environmental education, global citizenship and learning outside the classroom) and associated sustainable schools programmes.

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Mission statement…..what is Contemporary Geography?

Geography is the study of the inter-relationships between people, place and environment. No other discipline has this as its central focus. Whether the issue is changing weather patterns caused by global climate change or where to locate new housing in a small town, the importance of being able to think geographically is critical. Contemporary Geography has been established to support teachers in schools and settings to increase their own understanding of the subject and the pedagogy which underpins it, so as to better plan and deliver a relevant, engaging and appropriately challenging curriculum for children and young people – a curriculum which allows the opportunity for participation in local to global concerns. We live in a fast changing, highly mediated world. At no other time in the evolution of the human species has it been more important to see the world through the eyes of a geographer.