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GA support for trainees and ECTs

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Membership | Conferences | Resources and teaching support from the GA | Branches | Awards | Reading

Everyone is apprehensive when starting a new career and new geography teachers are no exception. Joining your subject association, the Geographical Association, as a trainee teacher or an early career teacher is the best way to get connected to the community of practice of which you’ve just become a part. There are reduced GA membership rates for early career teachers, as well as for those in training.

As a member you get termly copies of GA Magazine and your choice of GA journal(s). You also get online access to back copies of the journals and discounts on GA publications, courses and conferences. Make use of social media to make contact with geographers and keep abreast of new ideas for geography teaching. Register with the GA for free email updates from the GA and follow the GA on Twitter and Facebook. Join your local branch of the GA to meet geography teachers in your local area.

Membership

The GA offers reduced membership rates for trainee teachers and early career teachers. As a member you get online access to members-only teaching materials and topical resources, the latest news about geography, geography teaching and the curriculum in GA Magazine and your choice of Teaching Geography, Geography and/or Primary Geography journal packed each term with practical teaching ideas and professional advice. Go to the journals page for more information. You also get access to an online archive of your journal(s) and discounts on all GA publications, courses and conferences. Join online today.

Conferences

The annual conference takes place around Easter every year usually at different venues around the country. There is a special Conference strand for trainees and ECTs – see our GA conference page for details. Free registration is available to students who are members of the GA. Student registration does not include lunch, however there are several outlets where you can purchase food. Students who are not members of the GA should join to receive free entry or book as a student non-member.

*Please note ECTs are unfortunately not entitled to the student rate. ECTs who are members of the GA should book at the Concessionary members rate.

The GA also arranges special conferences every year for ECTs, browse the GA CPD course page for more information. All are welcome at these conferences and courses and there is a reduced joining fee for members.

Resources and teaching support from the GA

There is plenty of support available on the GA website for many aspects of geography teaching. Many of these have free access, but some are only available to members.

Browse the Teaching Resources and the Support and Guidance sections of the website. Look particularly at Learning to teach secondary geography which provides detailed support for all aspects of geography teaching tailored to guide new teachers through their initial training and induction.

The Geographical Association also provides many publications in the shop. The GA publishes many resources for primary and secondary teachers, and GA members can purchase these at a discounted price.

Branches

With over 40 local branches, there may provide you with ways to update your subject knowledge and you can meet geography teachers from your local area.

Awards

The GA Rex Walford award recognises inspirational and innovative geography teaching practice (at primary or secondary level) developed by an individual during either their period of Initial Teacher Education or Early Career Teachers.

Reading

Jones, M. (ed) (2017) The Handbook of Secondary Geography, Sheffield: Geographical Association.

As a member you get termly copies of GA Magazine and your choice of GA journal(s). You also get online access to back copies of the journals and discounts on GA publications, courses and conferences.

Join your local branch of the GA.