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Year of Fieldwork

Year of Fieldwork: September 2015 – August 2016year of fieldwork logo

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’, which will run over the academic year 2015-16, brings together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and to offer support for those that wish to develop these further.

FSC is working collaboratively with Esri UK,  the Geographical Association, Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to promote the value of geographical fieldwork and the wide range of resources, training and other support that is available to schools.  

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork are 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.


Although initiated originally by partners from the field of geography FSC recognise that these skills and the associated benefits are not purely in the realm of geography and is enjoyed and can benefit all curriculum subjects.

In addition FSC believes that we should

  • Encourage more universities and other educational bodies to include fieldwork in relevant degree courses and modules.

  • 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.

Find out more about the following FSC activities:

FSC Year of Fieldwork Events and Training

FSC Fieldwork Fridays


For more information about the Year of Fieldwork and how you can get involved, please visit: