How GCSE geography weathered the storm of curriculum change | Geography and Environmental Studies

Less than 10 years ago Michael Gove, then Education Secretary, was defeated in his plan to eliminate climate change from subjects to be studied as part of GCSE geography in schools.

In the previous decade, there had even been attempts to remove geography altogether from the core curriculum because it was not considered essential to the skill set needed to find a job.

Writing “A Defense of Geography” at the time, a useful statistic argued in favor of keeping the topic. Geography graduates from the 1990s recession were the quickest to find jobs when they entered the job market, and employers said they actively sought them out because they had a higher profile. wide, more rounded and intelligent view of the world than their contemporaries.

Scroll to 2022 and for the 11th year running the number of students learning GCSE Geography has risen again and is now at 289,351. The subject appears to have weathered the storm and been embraced by a generation of students concerned with knowing the state of the planet and the people who inhabit it.

With climate disasters, migration, water and resource conflicts intensifying, we need geographers more than ever and employers will continue to seek them.

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