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Secondary Phase Committee


Co-chair: Claire Harrington
Co-chair: Stephen Schwab

Twitter: @ga_spc


Our aims

The purpose of the Secondary Phase Committee (SPC) is to support GA members concerned with geography at key stages 3 and 4 and to represent their views and interests.


What we do

  • Monitor the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA. In addition, monitor the state of health of secondary geography as indicated by data on numbers and assessment evidence.
  • Initiate ideas for engaging and challenging teaching and learning ideas in the secondary geography classroom.
  • Disseminate these ideas through workshops at the annual GA Conference, the GA website and occasional articles and contributions to GA publications such as Teaching Geography.
  • Represent the views, interests, concerns and issues facing secondary geography members of the GA at the GA Education Committee and to external bodies.
  • Promote geography to teachers, pupils, schools and the wider community as a relevant and exciting subject.


We have led numerous sessions on a variety of themes at the GA Annual Conference and published articles in Teaching Geography on topics such as team teaching, Valuing Places, the geography of crime, using ICT to enrich geography, leading the geography department/self assessment and fieldwork. We have also represented the GA in the QCDA review of the key stage 3 curriculum and published several resources on the GA website.


Top ideas

Every half term the GA’s secondary phase committee produces a Top Ideas publication to help you teach the secondary curriculum. You can view them on the Top tips page.


Previous meeting reports

Download: June 2021

Download: February 2021


Secondary Phase Committee members

  • Ryan Bate
  • Gary Dawson
  • Judy Gleen
  • Claire Harrington (co-chair)
  • Phil Humphries
  • Paul Hunt
  • Tanith Ludlam (secretary)
  • Emma Johns
  • Rachel Kay
  • Stephen Schwab (co-chair)
  • Kathryn Stephenson


Get involved

The Secondary Phase Committee would like to hear from GA members who might be interested in joining the committee. Contact Stephen Schwab to find out more.

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