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Teacher Education Phase Committee


Chair: Emma Rawlings Smith

Twitter: GA TEPC


Our aims

The purpose of the Teacher Education Phase Committee (TEPC) is to support GA members and others by reviewing the educational landscape as it affects teacher education, looking for patterns, connections, issues and implications and by initiating actions in response. This will involve:

  • monitoring the impact of changes to teacher education affecting initial teacher education and continuous professional development for teachers of geography for the 3-19 age range
  • initiating discussions, surveys and other activities
  • disseminating outcomes through conference presentations and publications
  • representing the Geographical Association in matters related to teacher education.


What we do

Much of our recent work has been related to developing an area on the GA website devoted to Initial Teacher Education. These web pages aim to provide support and guidance for those applying to become geography teachers, for trainees and early career teachers and for teacher trainers and mentors.

Twitter. The TEPC is committed to providing advice and guidance on effective mentoring for school based mentors. There is an array of support and guidance available on the GA website and weekly updates are posted on twitter @GA_TEPC.

We meet each term and our membership represents as wide a range of ITE interest as possible. This enables us to receive information on developments affecting ITE from a number of directions and to bring varied experience to focus on them. Reponses have included surveys, articles, published materials, conferences and contributions to the GA’s Annual Conference, joint working with other organisations and representations to official bodies.

We provide guidance and support in relation to curriculum change by delivering workshops and lectures at the GA’s Annual conference, contributing sessions to the PGCE/ITE event at conference and helping to organise and contribute to regional conferences.


Recent activities


  • TEPC sent out a ITE recruitment survey and the results were published in a GA Blog titled: Recruitment in geography education: a crisis landscape?
  • TEPC ran a workshop at the GA Annual Conference titled ‘Where are the opportunities for disciplinary thinking and geographical dialogue in the Early Career Framework?’




  • TEPC is continuing to develop exemplar materials to support the Quality Criteria for Primary Initial Teacher Education.
  • TESIG became the Teacher Education Phase Committee (TEPC).
  • TESIG is supporting the GA’s submission to the consultation on Ofsted’s draft ITE inspection framework.



  • TESIG developed the Quality Criteria for both Secondary and Primary Initial Teacher Education.




TEPC members

  • Emma Rawlings Smith (Chair), Lecturer in Sustainability and PGCE Geog, University of Southampton.
  • Vicki Pountney (Vice-Chair), Senior Lecturer Secondary Education, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Andrea Tapsfield (Secretary), formerly HMI.
  • David Preece, Head of Geography, Teach First.
  • Chris Powell, Senior Lecturer in Education (Geography), University of Hertfordshire.
  • Amy Dodd, Lecturer in Geography Education, King’s College London.
  • Grace Healy, Education Director (Secondary), David Ross Education Trust.
  • Anthony Barlow, Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for Geography Education, University of Roehampton.
  • Julia Mackintosh, Lecturer in Primary ITE, University of Hertfordshire.
  • Corresponding members: David Leat, Charles Rawding, Margaret Roberts, Celia Tidmarsh, Rachael and Sarah Whitehouse.

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