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About Arthur Kelly

I started teaching in the days before there was a National Curriculum. I was on the Senior Leadership Team of a large Primary School in the North West of England and began working with trainee teachers then.

My first degree is in Geography, and my subsequent Masters study is about how children learn about the world. In essence it is about Geography too. When I was in primary school teacher I became fascinated by how we learn to become teachers, and that this became interested in teacher training or development. I moved into higher dictation, and began working on undergraduate and postgraduate routes into teaching. I also began my research interests, particularly into children’s Geographies, what they think of the world and how that compares to what (some) adults think of the world. My interest continues to this day through my work with the Geographical Association, and of course the teachers of young children.


Arthur contributes to a range of roles with the Geographical Association ( including being a member of the Editorial Board of the National Journal Primary Geography ( and a Moderator for the Primary Geography Quality Mark (


Arthur teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate routes into teaching. Here he uses his considerable expertise to contribute and enhance courses on primary professionalism. He also contributes to and enhances courses on primary geography and the role of Children’s Geographies in school. Arthur also contributes to Mentor development courses with our Partnership Schools.


Papers presented at Conference:


Geographical Association Annual Conference 2010 Manchester – Presented paper


Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference 2010 – Presented paper


Charney Manor Primary Geography Conference  2011  – Presented paper


Geographical Association Annual Conference 2011  Guildford – Presented two papers, Chaired Sessions


Geographical Association Annual Conference 2012  Manchester – Presented two papers


Geographical Association Annual Conference 2013  Derby– Presented Research Paper, facilitated workshop, chaired sessions


Geographical Association Annual Conference 2015  Manchester– Presented Research Paper

Published Work

Article:  South Africa 2010  Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Spring 2010


Article: Listening to the landscape in Teach Primary magazine vol4.4 Spring 2010


Editor Autumn 2011 Edition of Primary Geography – Extreme Geography

Article: in Teach Primary magazine vol6.2 Spring 2012


Geography Enhancing Science  in Kelly L and Stead D (Eds) (2013)  Enhancing Primary Science: Developing Effective Cross Curricular Links – OUP


Editor  Autumn 2013 Edition of Primary Geography – Knowing Geography


Article:  Start Gallery: The Americas  Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Spring 2015


Article:  Smooth Transitions  Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Autumn 2015

Editorial :    Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Autumn 2016


Geography and Music: A Creative Harmony in Scoffham S Ed (2ed)  (2017) Teaching Geography Creatively  Routledge


Article: Mastery or Wonder? (2017) Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Spring 2017


Pending: Editorship Primary Geography (Spring 2019)  GA: Sheffield


Pending: Start Gallery: At least 30 ways… (2019)  Primary Geographer GA: Sheffield Autumn 2019


1995-1996 M.Ed. (With Distinction)

Department of Education

University of Liverpool


1993-1994 C.A.S.E.

Faculty of Education, University of Liverpool


1986-1987 P.G.C.E. (With Distinction)

Institute of Education, University of Hull


1981-1984 B.A. (Hons) IIi Geography