This is an archived press release
Tuesday 9 November 2010
09 November 2010
Sarah plots course for quality geography lessons
Geography lessons at Peak District primary schools are to receive a boost after a national park learning officer was appointed as a champion for the subject.
Sarah Wilks, a learning and development officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, is one of 14 new geography champions to be appointed nationally by the Geographical Association.
Many schools already take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Peak District National Park for environmental learning outside of the classroom.
Sarah will work with teachers at primary schools within the Peak District National Park and surrounding urban areas to encourage students to be interested in the subject from an early age and learn about the world we live in.
Sarah said: “I am looking forward to working with primary schools. I will focus on promoting and developing geography fieldwork and learning outside the classroom opportunities. The Peak District National Park is on their doorstep and offers an amazing resource to enhance any primary school’s curriculum.”
The Sheffield-based Geographical Association now has 48 geography champions working with more than 1,500 teachers across the country.
The champions are a mix of specialist teachers, headteachers, local education authority advisors and experts from higher education and non-governmental organisations. Explorer and writer Alastair Humphreys and Anita Ganeri, author of the ‘Horrible Geography’ series of books, are also champions for the subject.
Nic Hutchins, learning team manager for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are really excited by the opportunities that being a geography champion brings for Sarah and the team, and schools within the Peak District area.
“Sarah’s work will enable teachers to build their confidence in accessing the national park for field work and allow even more young people to engage with geography through a high quality outdoor learning experience.”
Further information about the Geography Champions scheme is available at www.geography.org.uk/champs