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)

Junior Vice President, Geographical Association

OS #GetOutside Champion 2018-20

After 20 years teaching Geog/ICT to 'A' level, I worked for the Geographical Association as Secondary Curriculum Leader 2008-11. I've been involved in over 450 CPD sessions in the UK & Europe since, & written the GA's Webwatch for 14 years. My Living Geography blog has had over 5.5 million readers, alongside other blogs & websites. I served on GA's Secondary Committee for 14 years.

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

I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Chartered Geographer (Teacher), GA Primary Geography Champion & consultant to GA. Expert trainer for GA/ASE CTfA project. In 2013, I received the Tivy Education Medal & Hon. Fellowship from the RSGS. I'm co-founder of the Geography Collective, creators of Mission:Explore - we've worked with National Geographic Education, RSPB, John Muir Trust, INTEL, Thames Water, Do it Kits etc. 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've co-written textbooks for OCR GCSE (Hodder), and edited/co-written for AQA 'A' level (CUP)

Currently working with South Georgia Heritage Trust. Worked with the Ordnance Survey championing the outdoors. Writing book 'Why Study Geography?' for LPP.

Working on ERASMUS+ D3 & GI Pedagogy Projects from Sept 2019.

Always up for further consultancy / writing - please get in touch.

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