Getting ready for your independent investigation in geography (NEA)(Getting ready)

Provider: Geographical Association
£35.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-members
£25.00 (no VAT on this item) Members

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Description This one-day event will enable Geography A level students to launch their Individual Investigation (also known as the NEA). Experienced examiners will offer sessions which will help students to think through how to select, approach, and complete their own Individual study. A combination of lecture and workshop activities will enable students to: - consider a wide range of topics for investigation - develop a title - think about a wide range of data collection strategies - consider strategies for analysing geographical data - learn how to put together a good proposal form, through reviewing practical examples. Because the NEA is a common requirement for all new A level Geography courses, this conference will suit any student who is studying any of the new 2016 specifications.
Duration One day event

Geographical Association's website
Categories Secondary, Sciences, KS4, Humanities, Out of school, Earth Science / Geology
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students
  • Know about the NEA and its requirements
  • Understand how to put together ideas for a study
  • Select and apply appropriate data collection strategies
  • Develop skills in evaluating specific proposal forms such that students are able to complete their own.
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

The course presenters provide strategies for short and longer term evaluation of success and in addition the GA’s Quality Mark framework encourages teachers to critically assess the teaching and learning of geography, identify areas of strength, and set future development goals to further capture the potential of all students studying geography.

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.


Course programme

12.00-12.30: Arrival and registration – teachers are asked to bring with them a list of all student names for fire safety purposes

12.30-13.00: Session 1 Getting to know the requirements of the NEA

13.00-13.30: Session 2 Thinking about titles – practical group-based activities which will help students to identify possible titles, with feedback

13.30-14.00: Session 3 Developing sound data collection programmes 

14.00-14.10: Comfort break

14.10-14.40: Session 4 Tools for analysing data

14.40-15.00: Session 5 What makes a good proposal form?

14.30-15.20: Session 6 Analysing proposal forms – practical group-based activities in analysing proposal forms, with feedback

15.20-15.30: Plenary and close


Bob Digby: education consultant and author, and former GA President

David Holmes: A level examiner, education consultant, and author


**Registration fees are per student. 1 teacher can attend free of charge with each 6 paying students. 

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