Assessment: Inside and Out of the 7-10 Geography Classroom


The course aims to clarify the nature of assessment and assessment requirements for Geography 7-10. Geographical inquiry, tools and skills central to teaching and learning in Geography will be discussed in the context of assessment, including fieldwork and the use of ICT. Aligning assessments to the achievement of syllabus outcomes will be a focus.

Course participants will engage in ‘hands on’ activities to develop more fully their understanding of ways assessments might be constructed and implemented and linked to teaching programs.

The first part of the course will be devoted to assessment requirements using NESA support materials and sample tasks. The importance of feedback to inform student learning and teacher professional development will be discussed.

The second part of the course will focus on developing assessments for content areas of the 7-10 syllabus including the use of templates to guide the development of effective and meaningful assessment activities.

Engaging in these activities will help build teacher confidence and generate a multitude of ideas for the classroom. The course will encourage the sharing of resources and ideas and provide the opportunity to discuss questions relating to assessment and the Geography Syllabus 7 - 10.


Completing an Assessment: Inside and out of the 7-10 Geography Classroom course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.3.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Teachers of Years 7-10 who wish to develop effective assessment activities and learning experiences for the NSW Geography Syllabus 7-10.


The presentations support teachers to develop coherent, meaningful and effective assessment activities that address student outcomes and allow students to demonstrate deep learning.

There will be some small group plenary activities.

Read a JPL Article from the Presenter: And Now That You Teach Geography!

Listen to a JPL Podcast from the Presenter: New Geography Syllabus 7-10