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Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group


Chair: David Gardner

Secretary: Michael Simmons

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Our aims

The purpose of the Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group (AESIG) is to support GA members in all phases with their assessment and progression practices in geography and related curriculum areas.


What we do

AESIG is involved in:

a. Monitoring matters to do with assessment, examinations and progression.
b. Providing support and technical expertise in assessment practice
c. Anticipating developments in assessment and examinations, and considering their implications for progression, initiating discussion and when relevant publishing papers or writing reports.
d. Disseminating innovations and good practice to GA members.
e. Advising the GA on matters to do with assessment and examinations. To work with other professional and statutory bodies as necessary.

Currently all meetings are virtual.

The Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group normally meets three times a year. Additional meetings for specific tasks or sub-committees may be arranged. We discuss contemporary issues in assessment at all phases of education. We also try to devote some time to improvements in assessment practice. In addition each meeting includes:

  • Autumn – Matters arising from exams.
  • Spring – Review outline of conference workshop.
  • Summer – Review and plan for 2021-22 to include conference proposal 2022.

The group has done significant work on assessment in relation to the geography National Curriculum. You can find guidance here.

The group has done significant work in relation to the Guidance on progression and assessment in geography.


Exam results

AESIG provides analyses of geography GCSE, AS and A level examination results annually in late August. Visit the Geography results page to find out more.


Other information

AESIG is a mixture of teachers from secondary and post-16 backgrounds, from advisory services and higher education. New members are always welcome.

We are always on the lookout for new material on assessment, so if you have produced something do send it to us.

Become a member

GA membership provides specialist support and expert advice for geography teaching

Geography Quality Marks

Register for the 2025 Quality Mark before 31 July and receive a 20% discount off your fee

Geographical model making competition

Encourage your pupils to get involved and explore their creativity and geographical knowledge by creating a 3D model. Entries close 31 July 2024