Alan Parkinson

Teacher in England, United Kingdom

Alan Parkinson

Teacher in England, United Kingdom

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Head of Geography: King's Ely (Junior), Cambridgeshire

In 2008, after 20 years teaching Geography / ICT to 'A' level, & winning awards for innovation & excellence, I joined the Geographical Association as Secondary Curriculum Development Leader. I've been involved in over 320 CPD sessions in the UK & Europe since.

Since 2011, I've also worked as a freelance author & geographer, completing work for Google, BBC, Collins, Twig, Digital Explorer, EDINA, Follow the Things, ESRI UK, British Red Cross, Costa & many others. I've written books for Badger, Cambridge University Press, Hodder & the GA, and children's books for Collins. I worked for the Open University's VITAL service for 18 months.

I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Chartered Geographer (Teacher), & GA Primary Geography Champion and 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 the Mission:Explore books. We've worked with National Geographic Education, RSPB, John Muir Trust, INTEL, Thames Water and many 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 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 the SAGT non-book award. I've received 4 Innovative Geography Teaching awards from the RGS-IBG.

I co-wrote new textbooks for OCR GCSE for Hodder, and edited/co-wrote an AQA 'A' level textbook for CUP.

I'm currently involved in the GeoCapabilities (2014-17) & GI-Learner (2015-2018) projects.

I serve on the GA's Secondary Committee, and am available for further consultancy - get in touch.

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