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GA awards 2016

About the GA Awards

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. The 2016 GA Awards were presented at the GA Annual Conference in Manchester.


GA Annual Award for Excellence

This award is given to a person who has made a nationally or regionally significant contribution to the work of the GA in relation to policy or to the teaching and learning of geography in 2015. This year’s award is given to Susan Pike, an outstanding practitioner of geography within the country of Ireland and beyond. She teaches geography education at St Patrick’s College in Dublin. She shares her research interest in children’s and teachers experiences of school, regularly at GA events. Susan also coordinates the GA Geography Champions network in Ireland facilitating groups of teachers to work together to share practice. Susan has recently completed a book for teachers entitled “Learning Primary Geography: Ideas and Inspirations from the Classroom”, featuring innovative practices in primary schools in Ireland and England.


GA Outstanding All Rounder Award

This award is given for outstanding service to the GA. This year’s award goes to Dr Stephen Scoffham.

Stephen has been the GA Honorary Publications Officer for 12 years, retiring in 2015. He provided a fantastic contribution to the work of the Board and has instigated several publishing partnerships for the GA. Stephen was the editor for the Primary Geography Handbook (2004 and 2010), which has greatly influenced teachers and students in learning about good geography teaching. He has served on the Early Years and Primary Phase Committee, contributes regularly to GA journals and more recently has become a valued member of the Board of Trustees.


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 Paul Baker, Margaret Mackintosh, Iain Palot and Simon Renshaw.


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

‘Making Waves’

Jason Cannons

Summer 2015

Teaching Geography

‘Planning your key stage 3’

David Rogers

Summer 2015


‘Geographies of thanatourism’

Anthony Johnston

Spring 2015


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:

Silver: Ashcloud Apocalypse – know your risks

Raphael Heath

The Royal High School, Bath and Esri UK


Silver: ArcGIS Online

Esri UK


Silver: Digital Explorer Website

Digital Explorer


Highly Commended: A level content overviews

Professor Martin Evens, Professor Klaus Dodds, Professor Peter Jackson, Dr Peter Knight, Professor Richard Phillips and Dr Richard Waller.

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Highly Commended: Skills on a Page: A level AQA Geography

Alistair Logie

Zig Zag Education


The Outstanding Geography Student Award

The Outstanding Geography Student Award is a competition from the GA and travel company Discover the World, which offers students the exciting opportunity to win five places on a trip to the Azores. The competition is designed to promote geography as an exciting subject, encourage students to study geography post-GCSE and, of course, recognise outstanding geography students! To enter, students were required to complete a decision-making task on one of two potential areas of development for the Azores: tourism or energy security.

This year’s winner is Katherine Allen from Fettes College in Edinburgh.


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, the first, goes to Jason Cannons.



Worldwise runs a number of competitions for students.

The International Geography Olympiad is a competition for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Claudia Dickinson, Amie Jones, Flora MacGregor and Jess Payne won a GA competition to represent the GA at last year’s event in Russia.

Daniel Lewis, Eva Sylvester and Lucy Zhang from Tapton School in Sheffield won the 2015 Worldwise Challenge Weekend at Malham Field Studies Centre.


Physical Geography Photo Competition

This competition offers a chance for secondary students to showcase their photography skills with a focus on physical geography. This year we have winners from the 11-14 category here to collect their award.

1st Prize goes to William Rowley from Wells Cathedral School

2nd Prize goes to James Brooks from Thames Christian College

3rd Prize goes to Daisy Ferguson from Malton Secondary School

Click here for full article and prize 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:

  • Carrington Primary School
  • Falinge Park High School
  • Heron Primary School
  • Hinde House School
  • Grange Primary School
  • Pear Tree School
  • St Wilfred’s Catholic High 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

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National Festival of Fieldwork 2024

The GA encourages everyone to take part in June 2024