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School of Geography

Tower Hamlets Fieldwork

Tower Hamlets is an ideal place for Changing Places fieldwork.
Tower Hamlets is an ideal place for Changing Places fieldwork.


We run Fieldwork days on the Changing Places theme for teachers throughout the year. Get in touch to make an enquiry. Our courses are free of charge and include refreshments and resources.

The half- day session will be useful to teachers who want to familiarise themselves with the historical background and the fast pace change in this vibrant part of the east end. We will work as a group to develop some practical and replicable fieldwork suitable for GCSE and A Level. The key focus will be demonstrating how we can use quantitative and qualitative techniques to exemplify change in places.

For summary of the key ideas and influences on this element of the specification see this summary from the RGS - IBG.

Planning: Setting up an over-arching enquiry question

Setting a robust enquiry question ensures that students are engaged in thinking through what data they need to collect and how they will carry out their analysis right from the start. The enquiry question that we used lent itself to being broken down into a myriad of smaller enquiries which would suit the new individual investigation as pieces of fieldwork and the results of all would come together to share understanding of changing places from an academic perspective.

Methods and data collection

A-level individual investigations

The Tower Hamlets area is a rich resource for A-level individual investigations. We are keen to support schools working on this from 2016. So far we have helped over a dozen A-level groups get familiar with the East End through guided field walks incorporating workshops on suitable fieldwork techniques and signposting useful resources.

The student guide to the A level independent investigation authored by the RGS-IBG and funded by the Nuffield Foundation provides a superb step-by-step guide to all aspects of planning, collecting, analysing and presenting data. It can be downloaded here

Further help

To enquire about our next Tower Hamlets fieldwork day or request copies of these resources in Word format please contact our Schools Liaison officer.

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