British Geological Survey

The BGS's Discovering geology website includes a wealth of educational resources, both online and as free downloads. These include 'Make-a-map' the interactive geological map of the British Isles with detailed information on British geology for more advanced students in 'Geology of Britain' and 'Britain beneath our feet'. The concepts of geological time and evolution are explored in the interactive 'Geological Timeline'. There is information on volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils and educational events; a free Ask-about-Geology service; links to related websites; Jane Robb's geological diary; and much more.

Cranfield University's National Soil Resources Institute

SoilScapes ( is a free interactive web-based map of soil types in England and Wales. SoilScapes offers a fantastic way to learn more about the soils in your region, and across the two countries. Input your postcode and discover more about the soil resource under your feet. The Land Information System, or LandIS, is an environmental information system holding soils information for England and Wales. LandIS is run by Cranfield University's National Soil Resources Institute and is used by a broad range of users interested in soil conditions and properties. Datasets are available from LandIS to support research and educational projects.


Earthlearningidea will publish a new teaching idea every week of 2008, the International Year of Planet Earth. The ideas are aimed at teacher trainers in science and geography who will be training teachers in the teaching of earth science - but they will be useful to all classroom teachers who have access to the internet too. The ideas will be accompanied by a blog to encourage discussion around each of them as a means of building up a worldwide discussion network of earth science educators.

Earth Science Education Unit

The Earth Science Education Unit, based at Keele University, provides no fee Eearth science/geology CPD to teachers and teacher trainees across England, Scotland and Wales, through workshops for schools, teacher meetings and teacher education institutions/organisations.
The ESEU website contains downloadable copies of all the ESEU indoor and outdoor workshop materials for England and Wales (in English and Welsh) and details of the ESEU workshops in Scotland. It also contains the ESEU virtual rock kit, images for the 'Teaching in an Earth context' workshops, and guides to using both a graveyard and a quarry for Earth science teaching. It contains a list of suppliers and links to other useful websites.

Earth Science Teachers' Association

The aim of the Earth Science Teachers' Association is to advance education by encouraging  and supporting the teaching of earth sciences at all levels, whether as  a single subject such as geology, or as part of science or geography  or other courses. The ESTA website provides information about a wide range of resources for teachers. The newly launched GEOTREX database is a teaching resource for A-Level teachers. It includes teacher's notes, schemes of work, PowerPoint presentations, past papers and much more. Everything that a busy teacher might need, and it's written by colleagues who know exactly what is required! GEOTREX is part of the ESTA website ( and can be accessed by clicking on 'Teaching Resources'.

Geographical Association

The Geographical Association (GA) is the leading subject association for teachers of geography. A registered charity, the GA's mission is to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’. The GA website includes lots of classroom resources from KS1 to KS4 and on to post 16 and higher education.

Gemmological Association of Great Britain

Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, is a UK registered charity providing gem and diamond education
worldwide. For details of day- and evening class tuition, home
study and short practical tutorials see the website at . Alternatively, you can telephone
+44(0)20-7404 3334; fax: +44(0)20-7404 8843;
or email:


The Health and Safety Executive website includes a Health & Safety Management Lecturing Resource for Quarrying Related Degree Courses at .

This Education and Training Course has been produced by EPIC (NTO) Ltd., the National Training Organisation for the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries, on behalf of the HSE, with the assistance of the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter), and the active participation of the other Higher Education establishments serving the sector, professional bodies, and employers in the sector.

JESEI (Joint Earth Science Education Initiative)

The JESEI website aids chemistry, biology and physics specialists with their teaching of earth science by providing material within each science specialism.

Resources include worksheets, weblinks, and teacher’s notes. The worksheets and notes enable teachers to build up their background knowledge and also outline interactive practical activities that can bring the teaching of earth science to life.

London Geodiversity Partnership

The London Geodiversity Partnership is a voluntary partnership of organisations interested in geological conservation in London. Its aim is to provide a framework for understanding, conserving and using the unique wealth of geodiversity resources found within our capital, so that social, economic and environmental benefits are provided to London's urban communities and many visitors.

Open University

The Open University. is the largest provider of distance education at university level. There is a full degree available in earth science courses, including environmental science, and courses in specific subjects can be taken individually, not as part of a degree programme. Teaching is done through a variety of media: online, book, PC-based DVD and television.

The University of the Third Age (U3A)

Each U3A is a mutual aid organisation,operationally independent, but a member of the Third Age Trust. Members form interest groups and geology is popular. Activities vary from using the media for discussion, sometimes a more formal learning pattern. Most enlist the help of local groups e.g. the Geologists' Association and join field trips organised by other societies; many organise their own field trips.

UK Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (UKRIGS)

UKRIGS is not only involved in geoconservation but also has an education project called Earth Science On-Site. The project uses 12 former aggregates sites to develop and publish examples of high-quality earth science, field-teaching activities for schools up to GCSE level, aimed at non-specialist teachers. They have been produced in collaboration with partners in the Earth Science Teachers' Association, the Earth Science Education Unit and the National Stone Centre.

They are intended as exemplars and may be adapted for use at other sites.

The sites are:

Park Hall (Staffs), National Stone Centre (Derbys), Black Rock (Derbys), Apes Tor/Ecton (Staff ), South Elmsall (West Yorks), Dryhill (Kent), Ercall (Shropshire), Barrow Hill (Dudley), Redbury Camp/Vallis Vale (Somerset), Mosedale (Cumbria), Meldon (Devon), Ryton Pools (Warwicks).

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The Project is funded by DEFRA's Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, administered by English Nature/ Natural England.

There are also useful lists of web resources for earth science education on the International Geoscience Education Organisation and Commission on Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer websites.