Year of Fieldwork - September 2015-August 2016

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Fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning experiences are increasingly being recognised across the curriculum as a highly valuable tool in raising standards and skills in participants of all ages. The Year of Fieldwork brought together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and to offer support for those that wish to develop these further.

Founding partners Esri UK, Field Studies Council, the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) set out to work collaboratively to promote the value of fieldwork and the wide range of resources, training and other support that is available to schools.


The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork were to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support that we, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide

  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes

  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people

  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.


Our hope was that schools and colleges across the country would join with us to celebrate fieldwork and the opportunities it provides not just during the Year of Fieldwork, but throughout the life of learners.

We asked people to share their favourite fieldwork place: See the Fieldwork Map



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