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CIEEM supports ‘Year of Fieldwork’ (Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)

CIEEM supports ‘Year of Fieldwork’ (Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)

15 Sep 2015

CIEEM is pleased to support the official launch this week of the ‘Year of Fieldwork’, an initiative highlighting the widespread benefits of fieldwork skills and opportunities.

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork are to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support we give to schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical/environmental fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
  • Encourage more universities and other educational bodies to include fieldwork in relevant degree courses and modules.
  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to education, and the wider benefits gained by young people.
  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as an invaluable and transferable skill across a range of subjects.
  • Work collaboratively to highlight the value of fieldwork during the 2015-16 academic year.  The year will see significant levels of planning as schools across all ages continue to integrate and prepare for new models of assessment and content from the various national curricula and examinations.

The Year of Fieldwork will be encouraging people to spread the word by displaying posters showing support, signing up as supporters, and sharing fieldwork experiences with the hashtag #yearoffieldwork.

The initiative is led by the Field Studies Council (FSC) with Esri UK, the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). 

Full press release at

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