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

JVP Elect, Geographical Association

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 12 years. My Living Geography blog has had over 5.3 million readers, alongside other blogs & websites. Served on GA Secondary Committee for 14 years.

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 & GA, & 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've 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 OCR GCSE (Hodder), and edited/co-written for AQA 'A' level (CUP)

I've recently written for Exeter University (Ice Flows Game), RGS Data Skills in Geography project, and TUI Better World Detectives. Currently working with South Georgia Heritage Trust, Tutor2U & Hodder. Delighted to be working with the Ordnance Survey championing the outdoors for another year. Also an expert trainer for GA/ASE CTfA project.

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

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