GA Annual Conference and Exhibition

From 9–11 April 2015 we welcomed more than 750 delegates from all over the world to take part in a range of lectures, workshops, field visits and social events and find out about the latest ideas, resources and support in primary and secondary geography.

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Session downloads

PowerPoint Presentations and workshop handouts for many of the sessions at the 2014 Annual Conference are available to download below. Please note that some materials may have had images removed for copyright reasons.

Material will continue to be uploaded in this area over the following weeks.


Field Visits

Research Papers


Student/NQT Event

Teacher to Teacher


Lecture 2 - The impact of 2013–14 storms on coastal geomorphology in south-west England

Professor Gerd Masselink, Professor in Coastal Geomorphology, Associate Head of School (Marine Science), University of Plymouth

During the winter of 2013–14, the south-west coast of England experienced an unprecedented sequence of exceptionally energetic wave conditions, leading to extensive losses of sand from beaches, overwashing of gravel barriers, coastal dune erosion and cliff collapse. This session will describe and discuss the impacts of this stormy period and address the question: ‘where has our beach gone?’

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Lecture Plus 3 - The Global Learning Programme: what impact can it have?

Dr Paula Owens, Curriculum Development Leader, Geographical Association and Steve Brace, Head of Education, RGS-IBG

What impact is the Global Learning Programme(GLP) having on schools’ practice and how do we know? Find out what schools have already achieved and what they have planned as their next steps; how to be involved, and some reasons why you should be. The session will also provide an overview of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and the challenges that still remain.

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Lecture 4 - Using the IPCC’s climate change data in geography classrooms

James Riley, Head of Geography, The Perse School,Cambridge, and Charlotte Woolliscroft, Teacher of Geography, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby

This session will provide an overview of the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Assessment Report (2014), as well as information about the history and role of the IPCC, a summary of the main IPCC findings, and ideas for incorporating findings into your key stage 3 to post-16 geography teaching and learning.

Download: Presentation (PPT)

Download: Handout (PDF)


Lecture 19 - Making an impact with fieldwork expeditions

Paul Baker, Chair, GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

This session will focus on fieldwork at GCSE and post-16, considering how it can impact on students’ knowledge and understanding for exams, increase excitement about the subject and provide a lever to help keep geography numbers buoyant in schools.

Presented by GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Lecture 20 - The new OCR geography GCSE and A level specifications

Mark Smith, Abigail Carter and Shelley Monk, OCR Geography Subject Specialists

The OCR Geography Subject Specialist team introduce their new range of geography GCSE and A level specifications for first teaching in September 2016. Abi, Mark and Shelley will discuss the new content, assessment structures and support and resources on offer before giving you the opportunity to ask questions.

Sponsored by OCR

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Workshop 2 - Digital Earth: for innovative learning

Karl Donert, President, European Association of Geographers

This bring-your-own-device session will examine some Digital Earth tools now available for learning and teaching. Based on the work of the project that examined 3000+ resources suitable for classroom use, it offers hands-on opportunities for participants to try them out on their own tablet, laptop or smartphone. The link below takes you to the workshop presentation and materials.

Link: Digital Earth Workshop


Workshop 10 - Geography, science and fieldwork: learning to make an impact

John Lyon, Programme Manager, and Paula Owens, Primary Curriculum Development Leader, Geographical Association, and Marianne Cutler, Director Curriculum Innovation, Association for Science Education

How does the synergy between geography and science enhance fieldwork? How does active learning out of doors deepen understanding in both subjects? What does this look like across key stages 2 and 3? This practical session is a collaboration between the GA, the ASE and you! Come along and join our enquiry.

In partnership with Association for Science Education

Download: Presentation

Download: Location Detectives (PDF)


Workshop 18 - Making an impact as a geography leader

Beth Harries, Head of Geography, Penryn College, Cornwall

Develop a range of practical strategies and resources to take your department forward. You will leave with ideas for evaluating and leading the development of your department. This session will be relevant for current and aspiring Heads of Department, as well as sole teacher departments.

Presented by GA Secondary Phase Committee

Download: Workshop material - GCSE grade analysis (XLS) 

Download: Workshop material - KS3 grade analysis (XLS)


Workshop 26 - Fieldwork with impact

Nick Lapthorn, Chair, Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group

Fieldwork provides the opportunity for students to develop many essential skills: observation, application of knowledge, team work, numeracy, literacy... This session will focus on ways to ensure that your fieldwork provision has the biggest impact on students.

Presented by GA Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Workshop 38 - Progress for all: differentiation, marking and assessment to promote progress

Michael Simmons, SCITT Subject Route Leader Humanities, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield and Jon Simmons, Teacher of Geography, Barr Beacon School, Walsall

This session will explore the idea of progression within lessons and across students’ time at school. There will be a focus on everyday teaching tools and ideas that will display effective differentiation, marking and assessment in promoting progression for all.

Download: Presentation (PPT)


Workshop 57 - Making an impact with fieldwork expeditions in UK and abroad

Peter Price, Head of Geography Department, Charterhouse School and Howard Collison, Head of Geography, Oakham School

This session will consider how fieldwork skills and knowledge can impact on learning and understanding in the classroom with special attention to GCSE and Post-16 exams.

Presented by GA Independent Schools Special Interest Group

Download: Presentation (PPT)

Research Papers

School Linking: Doctoral research findings from Southern voices in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda

Dr Alison Leonard, Doctoral student, Development Education Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

As a geography teacher and Initial Teacher Educator (ITE) observer of beginning teachers’ classroom practice I am conscious of the risks of oversimplification of complex, controversial geographical issues. Such risks can occur when schools are engaged in the South/North Educational Linking process. This is all relevant to the pedagogy of Global Learning. We are currently (April 2015) in the third year of DfID’s funding of the Global Learning Programme(GLP), which is supported by the Geographical Association. At the conclusion of my doctoral studies this paper explores the following practical themes: 1. How photos from my research can engage school students and their teachers in critical thinking and Global Learning; 2. Examples of how my research informs my classroom geography teaching of Development Issues, at KS4 and KS5; 3. How geography teachers in linked schools might further explore the effects of School Links in the Global South.

Download: Presentaton (PPT)


Map skills outside of 'map skills'

Rachel Denison, PGCE Secondary Geography student, Institute of Education, University of London

As a new teacher with past experience in geographical professions, I will highlight the importance of new and emerging technology used in the professional world and discuss how it works in the classroom with a particular focus on how it impacts on learners’ engagement with the subject.This session explored different ways that maps can be used during key stage 3, in the classroom, both formatively and summatively against the benchmark statements. It highlighted the variety of ways maps can be interpreted to problem solve and used to locate and display information.

Download: Session presentation (PPT)

Download: Session handout - Map lesson feedback ideas (PDF)

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yasin Zargar Guest

We would like to attend the conference in April 2015 as an exhibitor for the first time. Please can you let me the details of the contact person and his telephone number.

Milan Recknagel

Milan Recknagel GA Staff

Hi Yasin,

The person you want to speak to is Lucy Oxley, her email address is


Charles Rawding Guest

I can't find the postcode for the conference venue - so that I can book a nearby hotel ?

Lucy Oxley

Lucy Oxley GA Staff

The Renold building houses the exhibition and most lectures and is located in the University's Sackville campus. The best postcode to use is M1 3BB. Further location details are available on the 'Getting There' page.



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