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GA awards 2018

About the GA Awards

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. The 2018 GA Awards were presented at the GA Annual Conference at Sheffield Hallam University.


GA Annual Award for Excellence

This is the award for excellence service to the GA. This year’s award goes to Rob Lucas. Rob Lucas has made a significant contribution to geography throughout his career. Rob was a tutor, then Head of Centre, and established FSC Blencathra. He has inspired thousands to care for, learn about and value their environment. As CEO of the Field Studies Council from 2009-18, Rob steered the organisation through times of challenging curriculum change. He has used every opportunity to support the discipline of geography and done much to ensure that fieldwork remains central to school geography.

Through his leadership in fieldwork, Rob has inspired many people to think of themselves as geographers. He has enabled a generation of tutors to deliver courses that ensure students experience the very best of geography in the field.

Rob is the epitome of ‘Real World Geography’ and it is most fitting that he receives this award.


GA Outstanding Service Diploma

This award is given for outstanding service to the GA through membership of and contribution to the work of its committees and special interest groups. This year’s awardees are Helen Hore, Kate Russell, Nicola Hawley and Adam Nichols.


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


Challenging geography through silent debate’

Stephen Ellis and Michael McCarthy

Autumn 2017


Teaching Geography

Plate update: refreshing ideas for teaching plate tectonics’

Duncan Hawley and John Lyon

Spring 2017



‘Seeing cities through urban art’

Andrew Kirby

Spring 2017




‘Coastal resilience and vulnerability: storm impacts, extreme weather and regional variability in the UK, winter 2013-14’

Sue Brooks

Summer 2017


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: The Key to the National Curriculum: Naples and the Campania Region

B&C Educational Ltd





Highly Commended: Living in the shadows of Italy’s volcanoes

Discover the World Education


Highly Commended: Can Trade lift people out of poverty?

Fairtrade Foundation



Highly Commended: Patricks Virtual Visit

Fairtrade Foundation



Highly Commended: My dad the fisherman

Marine Stewardship Council




Highly Commended: London Now London Future

Museum of London



Highly Commended: Student Guide to the A Level Independent Investigation (Non-Examined Assessment – NEA) and accompanying materials

Royal Geographical Society with IBG





Highly Commended: Subject Knowledge Podcasts

Royal Geographical Society with IBG




Highly Commended: GCSE AQA Teaching Pack: Urban Issues and Challenges

ZigZag Education







Highly Commended: Topic on a page for GCSE AQA Geography


ZigZag Education






Silver: Developing Enquiry and Fieldwork Skills in GCSE Geography






Silver: ArcGIS Online for Schools





Silver: The Pillowcase Project London

British Red Cross






Silver: Climate Change Negotiations Pack for Schools

Royal Meteorological Society



Silver: Debates in Geography Education, 2nd edition

Taylor and Francis





Download full Highly Commended citations

Download full Silver citations


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 Will Fry.



Worldwise runs a number of competitions for students. The team from Thomas Adams School, Shropshire (Megan Bailey, Thomas Watts and Eve Coburn) won the 2017 Worldwise Challenge Weekend at Blencathra Field Studies Centre.

The International Geography Olympiad is a competition for the best 16-19 year old geography students from all over the world. George Breckenridge, George Reid, Mary Rice and Oliver Osei-Asibey won a GA competition to represent the GA at 2017’s event in Belgrade, Serbia. Bree Livesey, Zachary Elliott, Sophie Bagot Jewitt and James Cartledge have been selected to represent the GA at this year’s International Geographical Olympiad in Québec City, Canada.


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 11-14 category are:

1st Prize goes to Aron Arnason from Colyton Grammar School

2nd Prize goes to Madeleine Bainbridge from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls

And 3rd Prize goes to Neil Triparthi from St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington

And from the 14-18 category:

1st Prize goes to James Weir from Lancaster Royal Grammar School

2nd Prize goes to Jamie Phillips from Sheldon School, Wiltshire

And 3rd Prize goes to Seb Granville from King’s College, Taunton

View the website article for 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:

  • Hillcrest Community School Denny
  • Falinge Park High School
  • Elliott Hudson College
  • Fleckney Church Primary
  • Seven Kings School
  • Invergordon Academy
  • Manchester Creative and Media Academy
  • Temple Sowerby School
  • Whitley Park Primary and Nursery School


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

View Secondary Geography Quality Mark award holders