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Help! Non specialist trying to order for new GCSEs

Discussion in 'Geography' started by marzie74, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. marzie74

    marzie74 New commenter


    I am a Humanities teacher at a new school and I've been asked to order the books/equipment for the new GCSEs that we will begin teaching in September. The issue I have is that I am a RE specialist and looking through all the new Geography specs and then trying to think what I will need is making my head spin.

    Ive spoken to other schools and I think I am going to go with the AQA spec but I don't know is I need to order anything else apart from the GCSe text books, like what do students need for the field study aspect??

    I know they will hire a new Geography teacher for September but we need to et our budgets etc in order this week so any help will be greatly appreciated.
  2. phil1015

    phil1015 New commenter

  3. phil1015

    phil1015 New commenter

    Don't panic ! The AQA website has a link to the new text books. There are 3 suppliers Hodder, Oxford etc. There will however be two field-trips. Depending on the specialist this may be a residential . As long as you have a set of recent atlases you should be fine. You may wish to get geography skills book . hope this helps . You may want to budget for the field-trip though and i suggest that you put at least one of them in the school calendar for next year . Hope this helps !
  4. ejz

    ejz New commenter

    I've seen some of the new textbooks suggested for the AQA course starting in Sept. They are all not very good and I would suggest using existing resources rather than wasting money. Your money would be best spent getting a class set (one between two) of a generic textbook that says it covers all specs and the new teacher can order exactly what they want once they're in post. The fieldtrips will be a massive expense and like phil1015 I suggest budgeting for cover, transport, accommodation and equipment now.
  5. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter

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