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

Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion 2018/19

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 5.2 million readers, and I've created many 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 & many others. I've written books for Badger, CUP, Hodder & the GA, & 2 children's books for Collins. I worked for the Open University's VITAL service for 18 months & been involved in numerous ERASMUS+ funded projects.

I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a 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 the Mission:Explore books. We worked with National Geographic Education, RSPB, John Muir Trust, INTEL, Thames Water, Do it Kits 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've received the RGS-IBG OS Award for 'excellence in secondary geography teaching' & 4 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.

In 2016 I co-wrote textbooks for new OCR GCSE (Hodder), and edited/co-written for new AQA 'A' level (CUP)

I've recently worked with Exeter University (Ice Flows), Dr. Peter Knight, & the RGS Data Skills in Geography project & currently writing for Gapminder Foundation around 'Factfulness'. Delighted to be working with the Ordnance Survey this year as a GetOutside Champion.

I serve on, and 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