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Volunteer Groups

The Geographical Association is a membership organisation. Our activities are often driven by members, many of whom freely volunteer their time and expertise in support of the Association. The GA is overseen by the voluntary expertise offered by its Governing Body members, and our educational activities are supported by volunteers from the GA’s Education Group.


Education Group

The role of the Education Group is to uphold the education policies of the GA, and support its strategic plans for high-quality geographical education, offering support and guidance to the Governing Body on priorities for the educational work of the Association.

Education Group members are all elected or appointed from the GA membership and comprise a Chair, a Vice Chair, GA President, GA Vice President and the chairs of EG’s sub-groups (Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups and Communication Boards).

Education Group creates Communication Boards, Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups and other groupings for specific purposes.


Special Interest Groups and Phase Committees

Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group

Early Years and Primary Phase Committee

Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group

Geography Education Research Special Interest Group

ICT Special Interest Group

Independent Schools Special Interest Group

International Special Interest Group

Physical Geography Special Interest Group

Post-16 and HE Phase Committee

Secondary Phase Committee

Sustainability and Citizenship Special Interest Group

Teacher Education Phase Committee

Welsh Special Interest Group


Communication Boards

Conference Planning Board
Publications Board
Geography Editorial Collective
Teaching Geography Editorial Board
Primary Geography Editorial Board
WorldWise Board

Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups and Working Groups meet separately, usually once a term, to concentrate on their special areas of interest. Outcomes can include new publications, special CPD events, responses to Government Consultations, representation to other organisations and the initiation of action on educational and professional issues.

Communication Boards meet at least once a year.

If you are interested in getting involved with GA committee work, please contact us at


Honorary Vice Presidents

The GA’s Honorary Vice Presidents are Andy Buck and Professor Peter Jackson.

Become a member

GA membership provides specialist support and expert advice for geography teaching

Geography Quality Marks

Register for the 2025 Quality Mark before 31 July and receive a 20% discount off your fee

National Festival of Fieldwork 2024

The GA encourages everyone to take part in June 2024