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Mr DAVID ALCOCK profile picture
  • Student
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
I teach geography at Bradford Grammar School and also have a role in promoting Teaching and Learning at the school.  I founded 'Hopeful Education' in 2020: this is an initiative, formulated in a context of rising student anxiety and concern about global issues, aimed at helping young people to evaluate progress, believe in humanity, and create a better world.  I blog at www.alcock.blog.

I have been published in Teaching Geography, the Times Educational Supplement, Impact: The Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, Geography Review, the Yorkshire Post, and I also create teaching and CPD resources for the Geographical Association.  I have taken part in consultations with the BBC, and I am part of the Tutor2U Geography team.

I have presented at conferences (in person and online) including the Geographical Association's annual conference, the GA's Geography Teacher Educators' conference, and the international Practical Pedagogies conference in Cologne.

I am an examiner for Edexcel A-Level (paper 2).

I am also a Level 2 Orienteering Coach and a UK Mountain Leader.

Research Summary
I am undertaking PhD research on the concept of 'progress' in the UK secondary school geography curriculum. This is a part-time course, which I began in September 2020.
Teaching Summary

I delivered a guest lecture to IoE PGCE Geography students on 'Optimism, Hope, and Progress in Geography Education', on 4 February 2023.

I delivered a guest lecture to IoE Masters in Education students on 'Where Next for Geography Education?: Hopeful Geography', on 25 March 2022.

I teach secondary school geography up to and including A-Level (Edexcel) and I am an EPQ supervisor.

I was Head of Geography and Outdoor Education at Fulneck School for eight years, and Head of Humanities for eight of those.

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