The continuing threat to geography fieldwork, the heightened focus on immigration and borders, and the Brexit vote were among the issues under discussion at the Geographical Association annual conference. Alan Kinder and Mary Biddulph explain

It somehow seems appropriate that teachers from 27 countries, representing every inhabited continent of the world, attended this year’s Geographical Association annual conference, with its challenging theme of “inclusive geographies”.

The programme of more than 100 lectures, debates and workshops provided plentiful opportunities for teachers to share their experiences of geography education today.

A recurrent theme during conference sessions and conversations was the global context in which young people are growing up today.

Heightened political interest in borders, migration and national identities, the UK vote for Brexit and the election of a US president intent on building a wall along the Mexican border all create challenging questions within the geography classroom.

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