GA Awards 2013

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About the GA Awards

The annual GA Awards ceremony recognises the achievements of individuals, schools and publishers during the previous year. This year's GA Awards were presented at the GA Annual Conference in Derby on 4 April 2013.

GA Annual Award for Excellence

This award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the GA's work over the last 12 months. This year's award goes to Gill Miller for her outstanding work for the Post 16 & HE Phase Committee. Gill is instrumental in putting together the committee newsletter, assisting at meetings, presenting at the Annual Conference and promoting the Group more widely. She constantly drives the discussions forward for the benefit of the the Committee and the wider GA.

For a number of years Gill has been a leading player in the vibrant Chester Branch. In addition to this, however, last year she also undertook most of the groundwork in setting up the GA’s Welsh Special Interest Group, which aims to support GA members in Wales. Through this award we thank Gill for her her many contributions to the GA’s work over the years, and in particular for her significant contribution and commitment over the last 12 months.


GA Outstanding All Rounder Award

This award is presented to a GA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Association in furthering the learning and teaching of geography. This year's award goes to Paula Owens. Through her voluntary positions on the Early Years and Primary Phase Committee and the Primary Geography Editorial Board, Paula has provided outstanding support to countless geography teachers for many years. Her personal vision for geography, along with her drive and determination, have driven high-quality geography forward over time and across the country.

Her enthusiasm, commitment and approachability reassure GA members that there is a strong voice supporting and speaking for primary geography. Highly respected throughout the geographical community, she is undoubtedly a superb all-round geographer who has the happy ability to get the best out of people with her warm, lively and engaging brand of leadership.

GA Award for Excellence in Leading Geography

This award is presented to those articles in each of our three journals (Geography, Teaching Geography and Primary Geography) which have made the greatest contribution to the development of good practice, as decided by a poll on the GA website.

This year's winners are:

Primary Geography
Primary Geography
'Blind Futsal: The beautiful, geography game'

David Mycock, Will Norman and Stephen Pickering
Spring 2012
Teaching Geography
Teaching Geography
'Mapping change and changing mapping'

Danny Dorling
Autumn 2012
'Postcolonialism: Orientalism and the geographical imagination'

Tariq Jazeel
Spring 2012 (vol 97, part 1), pp. 4–11

GA Publishers' Award

The GA Publishers’ Awards are given to resources which the judges consider are most likely to make a significant contribution to geographical education. Each entry is sent to two GA members for an initial assessment. These assessors make judgements about quality, design, originality, appropriateness and significance. The leading entries are then considered further by a judging panel.

This year's Awards are as follows:

Silver: JustTeach A-level Geography Resource Files (Series)
Simon Ross (Editor), Tim Bayliss, Lawrence Collins
Cross Academe Limited

Price (each): £90 or £80 +VAT

Cross Academe website

The judges agreed that the JustTeach A-level Geography Resource Files provide good quality, up-to-date case studies and current data presented in clear format, with detailed diagrams and high resolution photographs. Each file is published in pdf format, it is purchased online at their website and a download link is provided by email. The judges were most impressed by the lesson ideas and student activities.

Silver: Frozen Oceans
Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Alan Parkinson, Ceri Lewis and Helen Findlay
Digital Explorer

Free of charge

Frozen Oceans resources

Frozen Oceans is a suite of free online materials that aim to bring the excitement of expeditions to the Arctic Ocean into key stage 3 and 4 classroom and investigate changes taking place in this fragile environment. The judges agreed that the Frozen Oceans resources are well designed, with up-to-date information and interesting new ideas.

Highly Commended: Teachit Geography

Price: (per annum) from: £15 (individual) or £70 (organisation)

Teachit Geography website

The Teachit Geography website is easy to use with a clear and uncluttered layout, and the resources are well catalogued by key stage/topic/theme. The judges agreed this site could become a significant resource for busy geography teachers and would be especially useful for planning and revision. Although the resources can be used directly the site can be used as a source of ideas and it will encourage creativity.

Highly Commended: Sicily Study Handbook
Ian K Hardie
Rayburn Tours, 2012

Price: Available to study tour groups only; included in the tour price

The Sicily Study Handbook is custom made to support a geography study tour of Sicily. It comprises a student handbook and teacher guide, offering a wide choice of studies, some at both full and abridged levels and including 13 additional ‘Anytime Study Units’. The judges agreed that although these resources only meet a specific and limited demand they set a high standard of content and production.

The Frederick Soddy Awards

Frederick Soddy Trust
GA Frederick Soddy Awards Page

The Frederick Soddy Trust wishes to encourage students' interest in field study by providing financial support. Schools often find it difficult to compete successfully for funds from the main grant-making bodies or to allocate their own financial resources to field studies. The Trust hopes to encourage field studies by providing support specifically for such work.

This year nine schools have won Frederick Soddy Awards:

  • Churchdown Village Junior School, Churchdown
  • Cockshut Hill technology College, Birmingham
  • The Hereford Academy, Hereford
  • Hounsdown School, Southampton
  • Lyndon School, Solihull
  • Orchards Academy, Swanley
  • Priory School, Southsea
  • Tarbert Academy, Argyll
  • Ullswater Community College, Penrith

Primary and Secondary Quality Marks

The Primary and Secondary Quality Marks recognise quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, teaching and learning. With dozens of schools winning Awards in 2012-13, we are unable to list them all here, but maps showing all current Award holders are available on the Primary and Secondary Quality Mark pages.

GA Special Awards

Congratulations to the following GA members who also received awards:

  • Honorary Membership - Brian Ellis and Margaret Roberts

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