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GA awards 2023

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. The 2023 GA Awards were held on 13 April 2023 at the GA Annual Conference at Sheffield Hallam University.


Award for Excellence in Leading Geography

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

This year’s winners are:

Primary Geography

Critical multi-cultural geography: moving beyond the “Four Fs” of fairs, festivals, food and folktales by Joe Usher and Lesley Burnett

Teaching Geography 

The hottest new literary genre. How cli-fi can support the teaching of climate change by Katie Richardson


Landscape assessment: a forgotten tool for stimulating student enquiry by Fiona S. Tweed, Ruth D. Swetnam, Edward Jones and Anne Brown


GA Publishers Awards

The GA Publishers’ 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, Silver and Gold categories.

The awards are as follows:

Highly Commended

Teaching map skills to inspire a sense of place and adventure in the early years

Ordnance Survey


Sustainability Education



Learning to live with Fog Monsters

University of the West of England


ClearRevise AQA GCSE Geography

PG Online


FT Geography Class

Financial Times


Young people at a crossroads: Stories on climate education, action and adaptation from around the world

Catherine Walker


Geography subject knowledge programme

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Impacts of climate change on low-lying coastline – The Muni coastal lagoon, Ghana Knowledge booster video

Time for Geography



Oddizzi Going Places – Everest Base Camp Virtual Class Trip



A world without refugee camps – Curious Geographer Interview, in partnership with Cardiff University

Time for Geography and the Curious Geographer


River Drainage Basin Knowledge Booster Video series

Time for Geography


Antarctica, ice melt and global sea level rise Knowledge Booster video

Time for Geography



2041 School Programme – Champions of Antarctica



Honorary Membership

This is the highest award made by the GA, in return for sustained and outstanding service to the Association. This year we have two awardees – Bob Digby and Mel Norman.


GA Geography Champion

This award celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to supporting the work of the geography educator community or raising the profile of geography within the wider public arena. This year the award is given to Ellie Barker and Chantal Mayo-Hollaway.


GA Distinguished Service Award

This award is for GA members who have made notable contributions to the work of the GA and its charitable mission over a sustained period of time. This contribution can arise from participation on GA committees, special interest groups or volunteer groups, service given to local branches, or other significant activity that has furthered the work of the Association. This year’s awardees are Garry Atterton, Elizabeth Brown and Steve Rawlinson.


Quality Marks

The GA’s Primary and Secondary Quality Marks exist to recognise quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, teaching and learning. This year 91 schools were awarded the Primary Geography Quality Mark and 42 schools were awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark.

View Primary Geography Quality Mark award holders

View Secondary Geography Quality Mark award holders


GA Professional Award

This award recognises and rewards teachers of geography who can demonstrate that they can evidence and reflect on the impact of professional development on their practice. This years awardees are Jennifer Hoper, Clare Furniss and Jeanette Court.

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