Alan Parkinson

Teacher, Geographer, and Writer in England, United Kingdom

Alan Parkinson

Teacher, Geographer, and Writer in England, United Kingdom

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Head of Geography: King's Ely (Junior)

Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion 2018-20

In 2008, after 20 years teaching Geography / ICT to 'A' level, I joined the Geographical Association as Secondary Curriculum Leader. I've been involved in over 400 CPD sessions in the UK & Europe since, & written the GA's Webwatch for 11 years. My Living Geography blog has had over 5.25 million readers, alongside my other blogs and websites.

Since 2011, I've also worked as a freelance author & geographer, completing work for Google, BBC, Collins, EDINA, Ordnance Survey, Follow the Things, ESRI UK, British Red Cross, Costa, TUI & many others. I've written books for Badger, CUP, Hodder & the GA, & two children's books for Collins. I worked for the Open University's VITAL service for 18 months & have been involved in numerous ERASMUS+ funded projects.

I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Chartered Geographer (Teacher), GA Primary Geography Champion & consultant to the GA. In 2013, I received the Tivy Education Medal & Hon. Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. I'm co-founder of the Geography Collective, creators of Mission:Explore - we worked with National Geographic Education, RSPB, John Muir Trust, INTEL, Thames Water, Do it Kits and others. Mission:Explore was Hay Festival / National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011, runner-up in Educational Writers' Award, & shortlisted for Innovation award in LotC 2012 & 2014.

While teaching, I've received the RGS-IBG OS Award for 'excellence in secondary geography teaching' & four writing projects have won GA Silver awards. 'Fieldwork through Enquiry', co-written with John Widdowson won the SAGT Book Award in 2013. 'Pole of Cold', written for a Felicity Aston expedition won an SAGT non-book award. I've received 5 Innovative Geography Teaching awards from the RGS-IBG.

I co-wrote textbooks for new OCR GCSE (Hodder), and edited/co-written for new AQA 'A' level (CUP)

I've recently written for Exeter University (Ice Flows Game), RGS Data Skills in Geography project, Better World Detectives & Gapminder Foundation. Delighted to be working with the Ordnance Survey championing the outdoors. Also an expert trainer for GA/ASE CTfA project.

I am Secretary of the GA's Secondary Committee, and am always available for further consultancy - please get in touch.

  • Work
    • King's Ely
  • Education
    • Hull University & Huddersfield Polytechnic