University of Surrey - Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 April 2017

Every year the GA Annual Conference features more than a hundred sessions including hands-on workshops, academic lectures, field visits, informal 'teacher-to-teacher' sessions and lively debates.

The main programme takes place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April with the free Public Lecture, 'Association at Work' events and Awards Ceremonies taking place on Thursday 20.

We're still putting the final touches to the 2017 Conference programme. Full details will be added during December.

Keep an eye on the Conference front page or follow us on Twitter #gaconf17 for all the latest updates.

You can also view last year's programme for an idea of how the 2017 event will look.

Conference TeachMeet

Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Come along to share great ideas trialled in your classroom, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Professionals from all educational sectors are welcome to take part.

TeachMeet is not about presenting a new product or theory, rather it is a chance for teachers from all types of establishments to hear ideas from each other – real narratives of practice that make a difference. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues with a bucket-load of networking to boot!

Special thanks to David Rogers (@davidErogers) for organising the TeachMeet.

Proudly sponsored by, Discover the World Education and NST Travel Group Ltd.

Future Geographers programme

We're offering a free programme for students aged 14–18 to enthuse them about geography and to enable them to think beyond school.

We're inviting teachers to bring up to six students along to the GA Annual Conference on Friday 21 April, where they'll take part in their own programme of sessions. Although student places are free, teachers must pay the appropriate delegate registration fee. Free student places are only availbale to Group member schools.

It's an informal day and students can dress casually. We ask that you bring and supervise your students throughout, but that doesn't mean you can't go to your own lectures and workshops. You just need to know where your students are and take full responsibility for them. You'll also need to be covered throughout by your own school insurance and should risk assess the event as though it were a usual school trip.

Refreshments are provided free of charge, but we do ask that students either bring along a packed lunch or purchase food from the various outlets located around the exhibition.

More information coming soon.

The Rex Walford Memorial Lecture

The GA is proud to sponsor the annual Rex Walford Memorial Lecture. It is aimed at trainee teachers and NQTs, taking its cue from Rex's remarkable contribution to geography education in the UK. This year's lecture will be given by David Lambert, Chair of Geography Education, UCL Institute of Education.

We hope the annual Rex Walford Memorial Lecture will inspire you and remind us all what can be achieved through innovative and imaginative geography teaching.

The Rex Walford Memorial Lecture is designed for new teachers but is of course open to all.

Session Descriptions

These are innovative, 20-minute sessions offering you a unique opportunity for professional conversation about what you do best. Places will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

A workshop is a 50-minute session that will include interactions and discussion between participants and the facilitator, practical activities with a resource or stimulus, and a clear sense of purpose and outcomes enabling participants to leave with practical materials for classroom use. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Reporting Research

These sessions focus and report on recent research into geographical education. There will be papers on different types of research, for example action research into teachers' own practice, ethnographic classroom research or research into particular aspects of curriculum or assessment.


A lecture will normally include a 40-minute presentation, and ten minutes for questions. The lectures are all clearly defined by phase and title.

Lecture Plus

These are 25-minute lectures, presented by leading geographers, followed by discussions on classroom implications, applications and possibilities.


The Forum will look at current, and possibly controversial issues. Invited panelists will be asked to talk for no more than ten minutes on the theme from their point of view and a strong Chair will ensure times are kept to! Discussion will be opened to the floor giving the audience a chance to make short, sharp points or ask questions of the panel. At the end of the discussion period each panelist will be asked to make a short 'round up' comment.

Key for GA Committees and Special Interest Groups

EYPPC - Early Years & Primary Phase Committee
SPC - Secondary Phase Committee
P16HEPC - Post-16 & HE Phase Committee
AESIG - Assessment & Examinations Special Interest Group
ICTSIG - ICT Special Interest Group
ISSIG - Independent Schools Special Interest Group
ISIG - International Special Interest Group
FOLSIG - Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group
PGSIG - Physical Geography Special Interest Group
SCSIG - Sustainability and Citizenship Special Interest Group
TESIG - Teacher Education Special Interest Group
WSIG - Welsh Special Interest Group

Official 2017 Conference Sponsors

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Chris Trevor Guest

Hi Do I need to book onto all the workshops? I am presenting a session on both days, therefore do not need to pay the admission fee each day, but I would like to secure my places at certain sessions and events. Please advise how I can do this.


Lucy Oxley

Lucy Oxley GA Staff

Places on all workshops, lectures, research papers and teacher-to-teacher sessions are allocated on a first-come first-served basis on the day.



Sarah Hodgson Guest

Please could you tell me if the Exhibitions will be available for viewing on the Thursday afternoon before the Public Lecture and Awards.

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