Having taught Geography for nearly 12 years and been a HOD for quite a few I've been through a number of curriculum changes. The new A levels though are breaking me. It seems my geographical knowledge is extremely outdated (having been at uni during the first 3 years of the new millenium) as I've never studied many of the things in the new specs. On top of that I've really not had time to develop my subject knowledge in new geographies. Add to that the fact that the A levels are incredibly hard and very inaccessible for the average B-C grade yr 12 student, with very in depth topics from the start. So I'm having to constantly adapt and simplify. I used to pride myself on my a level teaching, now I dread the lessons and fear having to set and mark work as I really don't know what I'm looking at or how to help and support the students. Am beginning to think that with the amount of work required of me in my free time and holidays just to comprehend it all that I'd be better off not teaching A level anymore and leaving it to those with more recent knowledge.