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Starting up a GA Branch


Welcome to the Branch pages. There are currently more than 30 Branches affiliated to the Geographical Association in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

GA Branches come in all shapes and sizes, some provide CPD workshops while others offer lectures for students. In South Devon, 200+ students turning out to top up their geography is not unusual and in Chester the branch maintains links between school and HE geography brilliantly.

Each Branch arranges its own local programme of events for the benefit of the geographical community in the area. Some branches charge subscriptions or entrance fees for individual events. Programmes can include:

  • Enthusiastically supported conferences for KS4 & 5
  • Twilight CPD events and workshops
  • Worldwise local quiz
  • Field excursions
  • GA Conference activities
  • Teachers' day conferences
  • Primary in-service training workshops
  • Lectures of general geographical interest
  • Wine tasting evenings

An example of branch activities and membership profile have been outlined in this North Staffordshire events programme.

The GA supports all manner of Branch activity – there is no 'template'. To set up a local Branch is remarkably easy. You can email John Lyon or telephone on 0114 296 0088 or contact Judith Mansell (GA Branches Volunteer Representative) who will guide and advise you.

Starting up a GA Branch

Juanita Shepherd of the Sheffield and District Branch provided a handy guide to starting up your own GA Branch in the Spring 2008 issue of GA Magazine. The article is provided here free, together with a set of templates used by the Sheffield and District Branch.

Download: 'Starting up a GA branch' (PDF, 209k)
Download: Accounts Template (Excel Worksheet, 20k)
Download: Events Calendar Template (Word, 98k)
Download: Event Feedback Form Template (Word, 98k)
Download: Press Release Template (Word, 34k)
Download: Receipt Template (Word, 43k)
Download: Branch Subvention Form (2013/14) (Word, 99k)

If you have any questions about setting up a Branch, please contact Programme Manager John Lyon.

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The GA has a register of consultants who are available to give presentations on a variety of topics related to geography and geography education. Topics covered by our speakers include curriculum development, GIS, fieldwork, global issues, sustainability and risk assessment. Presentations may include talks, lectures, workshops or seminars. Visit the GA Consultants page where you can search for speakers by region, and also view a brief bio, a list of specialist areas, and contact details.

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