About Us

Find out who we are, what we do and information about our strategic plan and policies.

About the GA

What is the Geographical Association?

The Geographical Association (GA) is the subject association for teachers of geography. As a registered charity our mission is to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’. 

The Association is a lively community of professional practice with over a century of innovation behind it and an unrivalled understanding of geography teaching.

What does the GA do?

The GA supports high-quality geography education by enabling teachers of geography to share ideas and learn from one another. We support teachers’ professional needs by:

Our members

Who are the GA’s members?

GA member

The GA has several thousand personal and institutional memberships. These include primary and secondary teachers, trainee teachers, teacher educators, academics, geography undergraduates, infant, primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, libraries, societies, museums and businesses. Despite being a UK based organisation, we have members in more than 60 countries and strong links with geographical organisations around the world. 

Who runs the GA?

The GA is a membership organisation. Our activities are often driven by members, many of whom freely volunteer their time and expertise in support of the GA. The GA is overseen by its Board of Trustees and our educational activities are supported by volunteers from the GA Education Group.

The GA’s professional staff, based at headquarters, run the day-to-day operation of the Association under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Association also benefits from the guidance of our Honorary Vice Presidents.

Where is the GA based?

Sheffield train station

The GA has a headquarters building in Sheffield, but affiliated Branches of the GA are widely distributed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. GA Conference rotates annually between venues in the North, Midlands and South of England.

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Strategic Plan 2020-25

The Geographical Association exists to further geographical knowledge and understanding through education.

The GA’s beliefs and values are that:

  • everyone is entitled to a geographical education, to value and be responsive to the world in which we live
  • a vibrant, diverse and knowledgeable subject community secures high-quality geography teaching
  • teachers of geography are best served by an independent subject association, working inclusively, sustainably and in partnership.

Our Strategic Plan helps us to prioritise and coordinate what we do as a community of teachers of geography, sets out we want to achieve and how we plan to achieve it, and therefore reflects who we are and what we stand for. Strategic planning also enables reflection on how well we are doing and helps to set and reset our future direction. The plan reflects the ideas and passions of the GA’s Trustees, staff, volunteers, members and strategic partners, all of whom have input to the planning process over an extended period.

Our vision for 2025 is to create a vibrant and diverse subject community inspiring high-quality geographical teaching and learning.

In an increasingly complex and fast-changing world, the GA is a source of trustworthy and authoritative advice and guidance on all matters relating to geography in education. We provide support to teachers and advice to government and other organisations so that the benefits of a quality geographical education are made clear.

Our strategic aims guide our work and help achieve this vision. Each of the aims is necessarily broad, intended to have relevance over the entire planning period and provide a sense of strategic direction.

The clear ambition is that, by 2025, we want the GA to support an even more vibrant community of geography teachers than today: one that is larger, more diverse and better connected than ever. We want the work of the GA and the geography education community to be more inclusive and sustainable and for this work to make a demonstrable difference to the position of geography in education and society, as well as nurturing professional knowledge and inspiring young people through geography.

How we measure our success

Our vision and strategic aims provide us with a clear and compelling ambition for geography in schools. In order to be effective, we describe our ambition in clearly measurable terms. We have identified a range of indicators to help us do this. Our indicators include quantifiable outcomes, such as the size and diversity of our membership or the number of teachers who attend GA networks and events, to qualitative information, such as feedback on the impact of our publications and the influence of the Association on geography education policy.

GA governing documents

The GA is a registered charity (number 1135148). We were an unincorporated association from our formation in 1893 until 2010, when we purchased our own headquarters building and were incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee (company number 07139068).

The GA Articles of Association and By-Laws are the governing documents of the Association. They act as our ‘rule books’, setting out our charitable purposes (‘objects’), activities we are permitted to undertake to carry out our purposes, who runs the GA and who can be a member, as well as how meetings will be held and trustees appointed etc.

The GA also operates in accordance with its own policies on matters such as equal opportunities and sustainability. Key policy documents are available to view in this section.

Governing documents and policies