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First recipient of the GA Enhanced Professional Award

The Geographical Association is delighted to announce that the first GA Enhanced Professional Award has been awarded to Emma Johns, Head of Geography at Hitchin Girls’ School.


The GA Professional Awards recognise and reward those who can demonstrate that they have reflected on how the CPD that they engage in has developed their teaching of geography. As part of her submission Emma detailed a variety of professional development activities that she had engaged in and demonstrated how these had had an impact on her own and others’ geographical knowledge and professional practice. She also identified the sustained impact that engaging in subject specific CPD had had on the quality of teaching, curriculum and outcomes for her students.

Of the process Emma commented:

“I certainly enjoyed taking the time for me and reflecting on things I’d done. I felt professionally challenged writing each response (in a good way!) and I was able to reflect on my practice in a way we often don’t get time to do in school.”

CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager Rebecca Kitchen said:

“We are delighted to present Emma with the first GA Enhanced Professional Award and are pleased that she has found the reflective process such a positive one. The GA Professional Passport and Awards are available to all GA members regardless of experience or setting and we would encourage teachers to take advantage of the process which recognises investment in subject specific professional development and moves it from a one-off event to a wraparound experience.”

Find out more information about the GA Professional Passport and Professional Awards.

Applications can be submitted at any time but the next moderation window will be Monday 10 February – Monday 2 March 2020.