Supporting the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels
Association headlines Maggie Williams awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Geological Society of London. ESTA AGM Papers 2014 HERE.
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Professor Iain Stewart
ESTA President
Nikki Edwards
ESTA Chairman


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Welcome to the Earth Science Teachers' Association website. The aim of the 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. We are particularly keen to welcome as members, teachers who have no formal Earth science training but deliver an Earth science component in the National Curriculum. There is no qualification necessary for membership, other than a willingness to promote the aim of the Association. If you are considering a career in teaching then please look here.
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Web features GEOTREX  - Over 360 files of Teaching Resources available free online for members ‘GEOTREX open’ contains sample files from GEOTREX. Please click to examine them. STEGO - Over 60 files of KS3 and KS4 materials available free online for members Tedbury Camp Quarry - Resource materials for this Geological Gem in Somerset, funded by PESGB.   Sample 'A' level experiment Book Reviews page  News and News Headlines Geology School Club - a guide to help you start a Geology School Club. Tomlinson-Brown Trust - promotes and encourages the appreciation, education and public awareness of Earth Sciences.TBT welcomes applications for funding from schools across the age ranges and from other bodies needing financial support for Earth Science Initiatives.

Earth Science Week 2015 – Special Presentation to

the Award Winner

Sophie Grice an ‘A’ Level

geology student at Coleg

Cambria, Wrexham

received her award as

the winner of the 2015

national Earth Science

Competition for Schools

this week. 

The competition, organised by PESGB and the Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA), was based on the 1815 volcanic eruption of Tambora – a theme was chosen because 2015 marked 200 years since the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. Pete Loader, retired ESTA Chair, presented Sophie with her prize at a special event held on February 1st at Coleg Cambria in front of an invited audience comprising 64 geology students from Coleg Cambria, Alun School, Mold, Wirral Grammar School for Boys, City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Abbey Gate College, Chester.  As part of this special event Pete Loader delivered a presentation called “Plate tectonics – on the edge” which featured a discussion of what we currently know about plate tectonics and the common misconceptions about what a plate is and how and why plates move. Note: The volcanic eruption of Tambora is the largest observed eruption recorded by humans, ranking a 7 (or “super-colossal”) on the Volcanic Explosivity Index.  1816 is known as the “Year without a summer” because of severe climate abnormalities that caused average global temperatures to decrease by 0.4–0.7 °C.  Evidence suggests these anomalies were caused by the massive 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora.

Sophie’s Poster

please click to enlarge.
Supporting the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels
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