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Geography subject leadership

Conference workshop - geography subject leadership

Subject leaders are ‘gatekeepers of standards and innovation; they are the leaders closest to the classroom’

‘Leading the geography department’, The Handbook of Secondary Geography (2017) Geographical Association.

This section provides advice and guidance for new, experienced or aspiring geography subject leaders. It sets out the key responsibilities of the geography leader and provides professional resources to help meet these. It also provides links to other sources of GA support for those leading geography in primary or secondary schools.

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Leading primary geography

Your role is to provide professional leadership and management to secure high-quality teaching, effective use of resources, and improved standards of learning and achievement for all pupils in your school. The nature of geography also means that you are strongly positioned to help direct and deliver whole-school initiatives such as developing the school grounds, instilling personal attributes and encouraging globally-minded pupils.

Leading secondary geography

This section provides advice and guidance for new, experienced or aspiring secondary subject leaders. It sets out the key responsibilities of the geography leader and provides professional resources to help meet these. It also provides links to other sources of GA support for those leading geography in the secondary phase.

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Funding opportunities for geography teachers

Information about a variety of funding opportunities for geography teachers to participate in expeditions, develop teaching and learning resources and take part in further study.

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