Quality Marks

The GA’s Geography Quality Marks reward and promote high quality geography in primary and secondary schools.

What is a Geography Quality Mark?

The Geography Quality Marks are prestigious awards that recognise and promote quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools.

Become a member

GA membership provides specialist support and expert advice for geography teaching

Events & CPD

Browse our wide range of free and paid-for CPD and upcoming events

National Festival of Fieldwork 2024

The GA encourages everyone to take part in June 2024

Why should your school apply for the Geography Quality Mark?

  • The primary and secondary Quality Mark Frameworks incorporate the key messages of Ofsted’s 2019 Inspection Framework, supporting schools to develop a curriculum with high quality intent, implementation and impact.
  • It is highly valued by school leaders nationally and internationally, allowing the dissemination and celebration of standards and geographical learning.
  • It is a process of powerful self-evaluation and reflection asking: ‘What is geography like in our school?’, ‘How do we know?’ and ‘What can we do to improve standards?’
  • It raises the profile of geography across the whole school community, with parents, teachers, governors and students.
  • It provides opportunities to engage in collaborative critical reflection of teaching, learning and subject leadership.
  • It is impactful and rigorous CPD which meets the 2016 standard for teachers’ professional development and has been quality assured as part of the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Fund commissioned CPD QA pilot.
  • It has a proven track record with over 1500 successful Geography Quality Mark schools forming an international network supported by the GA.

How does the Geography Quality Mark process work?

The self-assessment frameworks developed by the GA can be used as tools for reviewing geography within your school or department. This collaborative and professional process enables teachers to assess whether they have reached a recognised standard in the leadership of geography and to identify areas where this can be improved. 

Schools gather together evidence of their successes and submit a portfolio alongside a development plan. This is assessed and moderated by the GA’s team of experts who provide an external perspective on the school’s strengths and advise on areas for development.

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

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