Annual Conference Programme

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University of Manchester – Thursday 9–Saturday 11 April 2015

Every year the GA Annual Conference features more than a hundred sessions including hands-on workshops, academic lectures, field visits, informal 'teacher-to-teacher' sessions and lively debates.

The main programme takes place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April with the free Public Lecture, 'Association at Work' events and Awards Ceremonies taking place on Thursday 9 April.

Keep an eye on the Conference front page or follow us on Twitter #gaconf15 for all the latest updates.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Programme updates

Workshop 32 CANCELLED (Friday, 17.35-18.25)
New approaches to urban fieldwork

Workshop (IT) 33 CANCELLED (Friday, 17.35-18.25)
Creative geography teaching with Minecraft 

Workshop (IT) 54 CANCELLED (Saturday, 14.55-15.45)
Latest developments in Digimap for Schools 

Teacher-to-Teacher (Saturday, 11.10-11.30)

Behing the seams: Global connectionsin the classroom (KS3)
Hannah Campion, NQT, The National CoE Academy, Nottingham

Workshop (Friday, 17.35-18.25)
Good practice and safety in school travel (All key stages)

Ian Person, General Manager, School Travel Forum

Conference pathways

Primary curriculum support

Follow a programme of workshops and lectures designed by specialists to guide primary teachers through the requirements of the new National Curriculum. Look out for sessions highlighted in the conference programme.

Global learning

Follow a programme of sessions linked to the Global Learning Programme that will raise awareness of issues such as poverty, development, social justice, migration and diversity.

The GLP pathway will extend delegates’ subject knowledge and promote their thinking about developing pupils' understanding of global issues, particularly through enquiry and critical thinking.
It will also provide information and support for teachers about different ways to engage with the GLP.

The Global Learning Programme is a significant project funded by the UK Government to promote awareness and understanding of global issues from KS2 to KS3.

GLP Partner Schools can use e-credits to pay for attendance. Visit the Global Learning Programme website to register now.

Future Geographers programme

We're offering a free programme for students aged 14–18 to enthuse them about geography and to enable them to think beyond school.

We're inviting teachers to bring up to six students along to the GA Annual Conference on Friday 10 April, where they'll take part in their own programme of sessions. Although student places are free, teachers must pay the appropriate delegate registration fee.

It's an informal day and students can dress casually. We ask that you bring and supervise your students throughout, but that doesn't mean you can't go to your own lectures and workshops. You just need to know where your students are and take full responsibility for them. You'll also need to be covered throughout by your own school insurance and should risk assess the event as though it were a usual school trip.

We do ask that students either bring along a packed lunch or purchase food from the various outlets located around the campus.

Contatct Lucy Oxley to register your students.

The Rex Walford Memorial Lecture

The GA is proud to sponsor the annual Rex Walford Memorial Lecture. It is aimed at trainee teachers and NQTs, taking its cue from Rex's remarkable contribution to geography education in the UK. This year's lecture will be given by David Leat, Professor of Curriculum Innovation (Newcastle University) on ‘Back to the Future - Reinventing the Curriculum in a Digital Age’

We hope the annual Rex Walford Memorial Lecture will inspire you and remind us all what can be achieved through innovative and imaginative geography teaching.

The Rex Walford Memorial Lecture is designed for new teachers but is of course open to all.

Session Descriptions

These are innovative, 20-minute sessions offering you a unique opportunity for professional conversation about what you do best. Places will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

A workshop is a 50-minute session that will include interactions and discussion between participants and the facilitator, practical activities with a resource or stimulus, and a clear sense of purpose and outcomes enabling participants to leave with practical materials for classroom use. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Reporting Research

These sessions focus and report on recent research into geographical education. There will be papers on different types of research, for example action research into teachers' own practice, ethnographic classroom research or research into particular aspects of curriculum or assessment.


A lecture will normally include a 40-minute presentation, and ten minutes for questions. The lectures are all clearly defined by phase and title.

Lecture Plus

These are 25-minute lectures, presented by leading geographers, followed by discussions on classroom implications, applications and possibilities.


The Forum will look at current, and possibly controversial issues. Invited panelists will be asked to talk for no more than ten minutes on the theme from their point of view and a strong Chair will ensure times are kept to! Discussion will be opened to the floor giving the audience a chance to make short, sharp points or ask questions of the panel. At the end of the discussion period each panelist will be asked to make a short 'round up' comment.

Key for GA Committees and Special Interest Groups

EYPPC - Early Years & Primary Phase Committee
SPC - Secondary Phase Committee
P16HEPC - Post-16 & HE Phase Committee
AESIG - Assessment & Examinations Special Interest Group
ICTSIG - ICT Special Interest Group
ISSIG - Independent Schools Special Interest Group
ISIG - International Special Interest Group
FOLSIG - Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group
PGSIG - Physical Geography Special Interest Group
SCSIG - Sustainability and Citizenship Special Interest Group
TESIG - Teacher Education Special Interest Group
WSIG - Welsh Special Interest Group

Official 2015 Conference Sponsors

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