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GA awards 2017

About the GA Awards

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. The 2017 GA Awards were presented at the GA Annual Conference in Guildford.

GA Annual Award for Excellence

This is the award for excellent service to the GA. This year’s award goes to Adrian Manning. Adrian has been a mainstay of the WorldWise Committee. Through his steadfast commitment to the WorldWise brand and his practical involvement in WorldWise activities, Adrian has firmly upheld our Association’s guiding principle of demonstrating the value of geographical education. He clearly understands how geography contributes to broader educational and societal aims and through his direct engagement with teachers has supported our commitment to building a positive profile for geography education and the Association.

The WorldWise brand is recognised across the country and abroad as a source of materials which enable teachers across all phases to enhance their teaching and learning of geography. Adrian has contributed to all aspects of the brand. He would be the last person to consider himself for an award. His unassuming manner and commitment to WorldWise epitomise the best aspects of our dynamic subject community which depends so much on the participation and innovation of volunteers like him.

GA Outstanding All Rounder Award

This award is given for outstanding service to the GA. This year’s award goes to Adrian Norton. Adrian has been a champion and advocate of geographical education for his whole career. He was involved in teacher training at Brunel University and, for the last 15 years, has supported geography by leading and supporting two very valuable and important networks for geographical teaching and learning: the Surrey Primary Geography Network and the Surrey Heads of Geography Network. Adrian has organised regular training meetings and conferences for geography teachers in both phases to provide professional updates promoting curriculum change and development, fieldwork, inspection frameworks, assessment, GIS, subject leadership, raising the subject profile and many other topics.

GA Outstanding Service Diploma

This award is presented to GA members who have made a significant contribution to fostering the aims of the GA in furthering the study and teaching of geography; given outstanding service to the GA through membership of and contribution to the work of its committees or sub-groups; contributed to national and local GA conferences and events, and to GA publications. This year’s awardees are Andrew Turney and Andy Knill.

Award for Excellence in Leading Geography

This award is presented to those articles in each of our journals that have made the greatest contribution to the development of good practice, as decided by a poll on the GA website.

This year’s winners are:

Primary Geography

‘Art and the locality’
Jon Clayton
Spring 2016

‘How do pupils with SEN connect with the world?’
Caroline Martingell
Autumn 2016

Teaching Geography

‘Encouraging students to read beyond the core text’
Richard Waller, Christopher Adams, Gill Miller and David M Schultz
Autumn 2016


‘Poverty: multiple perspectives and strategies’
Charlotte Lemanski
Spring 2016


GA Publishers’ Awards

The GA Awards are given for materials associated with geography in schools and colleges that are considered to make a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development. This year we have awarded in the Highly Commended and Silver categories.

The Awards are as follows:

Highly Commended

Land of Ice and Fire
Discover the World Education

Past climate teaching resource collection
Chris Brierley

Royal Meteorological Soceity

Primary Connected Geography
David Weatherly




Green London?
Alice Griffiths
Greater London Authority

Teaching Geography Creatively
Stephen Scoffham

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The GA Rex Walford Geography Student Teacher Award

The GA Rex Walford Geography Student Teacher Award recognises inspirational and innovative geography teaching practice (at primary or secondary level) developed by an individual during their period of ITE. It takes its cue from Rex’s remarkable contribution to geography ITE in the UK over many years. He was a man of unquenchable enthusiasm and optimism and a highly gifted teacher.

We hope this award will encourage, inspire and remind us all of what can be achieved through innovative and imaginative geography teaching. This year’s award goes to Harriet Lowes and Sarah James.


WorldWise runs a number of competitions for students. The teams from Wallace High School, Lisburn (Ryan Simpson, Alice Crosby and Peter Scott) and Woodfarm High School, Glasgow (Kieran Cooper, Jamie McEwan and Owain Taylor) jointly won the 2016 WorldWise Challenge Weekend at Malham Field Studies Centre.

The International Geography Olympiad is a competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Flora Macgregor, George Breckenridge, Charlotte Barber and Ludo Findlay won a GA competition to represent the GA at 2016’s event in Beijing. George Breckenridge, Mary Rice, Oliver Osei-Asibey and George Reid have been selected to represent the GA at this year’s International Geographical Olympiad in Belgrade.

Physical Geography Photo Competition

This competition offers a chance for secondary students to showcase their photography skills with a focus on physical geography. The winners from the 14-19 category:

1st Prize goes to Harry Rowlands from Lancaster Royal Grammar School
2nd Prize goes to Joshua Ocone from The Castle School Thornbury
3rd Prize goes to Harry Curtis from Oundle School

And the winners from the 11-14 category are:

1st Prize goes to Megan Loades from High Storrs School
2nd Prize goes to Sam Whitehead from Colyton Grammar School
3rd Prize goes to Eden Greaves from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls

View the website article and large versions of the winning photos

Frederick Soddy Awards

These awards aim to encourage students’ interest in fieldwork by providing financial support specifically for out-of-classroom projects.

This year’s winners are:

  • Castletown Community Primary School, Sunderland
  • Denny High School, Denny, Falkirk
  • Excelsior Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis
  • Highgate Wood School, London
  • London Fields Primary School, London
  • Millfields Community School, London
  • Rokeby School, Newham, London
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Broadstairs
  • Thomas Gamuel Primary School, Walthamstowe
  • Cockshut Hill School, Birmingham


Quality Marks

The GA’s Primary and Secondary Quality Marks exist to recognise quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, teaching and learning.

View Primary Geography Quality Mark award holders
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National Festival of Fieldwork 2024

The GA encourages everyone to take part in June 2024