Critical thinking for achievement (TLIF)

Provider: Geographical Association
Free For eligible schools
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Description A NEW CPD programme for primary and secondary teachers of geography and science, funded by the DfE Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF). This FREE programme provides CPD for primary and secondary teachers of geography and science, to strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching. Further information can be found on the GA website and by downloading a summary of the programme that includes eligibility criteria. Alternatively, email [email protected] for more information.
Duration Multiple

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, Humanities, Teaching staff, CPD Leader, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Personal Development, CPD Leadership, In school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Under the Critical thinking for achievement project, the GA will be working alongside our project partner the Association for Science Education, to:

  • strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching
  • help teachers teach reformed geography and science qualifications and curricula effectively, focusing on knowledge application, the critical use of data and evidence, construction of arguments and geographical and scientific investigation
  • make more efficient use of teacher planning time through provision of practical planning tools and quality-assured curriculum plans and resources.
Evidence underpinning this approach

All GA resources and approaches have been tried and tested by teachers of geography and course evaluations consistently receive very positive feedback.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Teachers joining the programme receive free, local CPD from GA and/or ASE expert trainers, working alongside local network leaders. Each school chooses from a package of quality-assured GA and ASE teaching resources, saving planning time and helping to apply new techniques to the classroom.

Follow-up activities and support

The GA provides a wealth of supporting web resources, publications, journals, online CPD and a Quality Mark framework and process for supporting self evaluation.


Key features include:

  • free ‘plan-do-review’ CPD over one school term, available from autumn 2018
  • a focus on knowledge application, critical use of data and construction of evidenced arguments
  • an extension to core training on the use of data in geography and science, including geo-located and fieldwork data
  • CPD tailored to local priorities, delivered through teacher networks
  • support for teachers to apply techniques in their classroom
  • raising standards in geography and science
  • funded by the Department for Education Teaching and Leaderhip Innovation Fund (TLIF) and run by the Geographical Association in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.