Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The nature of the discipline has long been a catalyst for debate. Suffice to say that it relates to the study of People, Place and Environment - the dynamic and fast changing world in which we live. Failure to provide a progressive and meaningful curriculum which allows young people to explore it would be a very significant oversight.
Investigation of issues related to sustainable development (from local to global scale) is a statutory requirement of the Geography National Curriculum 5-14 and is a requiste of all GCSE and A/S A2 courses. It is also pivotal to the national pilot, hybrid GCSE Geography course presently being trialled in three of the county secondary schools.
Citizenship requirements outline the need to consider topical local issues and sustainable futures - where investigated effectively and comprehensively it is done so under the Geography umbrella.
The Every Child Matters Framework DfES 2005 ensures a strong position for Geography within the school curriculum as it focuses on the requirement to explore matters relating to sustainability.
engage in decision making and support the community and environment
live in decent homes and sustainable communities
Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service Geography
For sustainable development in the Geography curriculum, also see
Contact - Jeff Stanfield, telephone 02380 816137