This February our (Secondary) PGCE Geography students partook in beneficial local fieldwork to provide practical experience that has enabled further skills.
Trainees planned, ran and delivered a piece of fieldwork in the local area to Pupil Premium pupils from three local schools within our partnership. This comprised of our students:
• Planning and designing a local piece of fieldwork
Locations included the Amex stadium, Stammer Park, University of Brighton itself, University of Sussex, transport links, Falmer village, Moulescoomb and the South Downs.
• Linking the fieldwork to the GCSE specifications
Areas included skills development, evaluating techniques, quantitative and qualitative, resources, fieldwork booklets, timing, risk assessment, rooming, context of learning, statistical analysis, GIS.
• Running the field work
This included planning the day for all eventualities, lunch stops, ensuring an enjoyable experience for pupils, emergency contacts, first aid, resources, clip boards, pencils, equipment, GDPR in terms of photography and rooming needs.
• Evaluating the overall success of the fieldwork
The success of our students and the fieldwork experience as a whole was reflected in pupil feedback:
“As well as being educational it was also really fun – the leaders made sure everyone felt safe and welcome.”
“I found today one of the best days! I got to go to places I wouldn’t normally go to.”
“This day was really educational and the people that showed us around were very friendly and caring.”