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University Place, The University of Manchester - Thursday 7-Saturday 9 April 2016

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 8 and Saturday 9 April with the free Public Lecture, 'Association at Work' events and Awards Ceremonies taking place on Thursday 7.

Keep an eye on the Conference front page or follow us on Twitter #gaconf16 for all the latest updates.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Thursday programme at a glance
Friday programme at a glance
Saturday programme at a glance
Full session information

Programme alterations

Research Paper cancellation (Friday, 14.15-14.40)
The impact of pedagogies of partnership on the student learning experience

Teacher-to-Teacher cancellation (Saturday, 12.50-13.10)
Fieldword revisited 

Programme Pathways

The Conference is an excellent source of CPD and to help you improve your knowledge and skills in specific areas we have identified six pathways where you can select a route from suggested sessions.

These pathways will provide information, ideas and resources for planning and teaching quality geography. In order to gain a Pathway Certificate of Attendance you will need to have attended a minimum of four sessions from a pathway. A certificate will be issued after the Conference on completion of online feedback about the impact of following the pathway. Please take a few minutes to complete feedback about the pathway you attended.

Pathways at a glance

Information, ideas and resources for planning and teaching primary geography

Information, ideas and resources for planning and teaching your new GCSE courses.

A level
Information, ideas and resources for planning and teaching your new A level courses.

Aimed at providing NQTs, or others at an early stage in their careers, with a toolkit for teaching quality geography.

Develop ideas and resources for creative learning outside the classroom. #yearoffieldwork

Global learning
Suggestions and resources for developing a global perspective in the classroom.

Conference TeachMeet

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of likeminded teachers coming together to present to, and learn from one another’s classroom practice including practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. The 2016 TeachMeet will take place on Friday 8 April before the #beermeet. Sign-up online to give a six-minute presentation and/or attend for free!

Proudly sponsored by and Discover the World Education

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 8 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.

Refreshments are provided free of charge, but we do ask that students either bring along a packed lunch or purchase food from the various outlets located around the exhibition.

Contact Roisin McAteer to register your students.

Download Future Geographers programme

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 Dr Liz Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge on 'Constructing the world: past, present and future geographies'.

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 2016 Conference Sponsors

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Chris Trevor Guest

Hi Do I need to book onto all the workshops? I am presenting a session on both days, therefore do not need to pay the admission fee each day, but I would like to secure my places at certain sessions and events. Please advise how I can do this.


Lucy Oxley

Lucy Oxley GA Staff

Places on all workshops, lectures, research papers and teacher-to-teacher sessions are allocated on a first-come first-served basis on the day.



Sarah Hodgson Guest

Please could you tell me if the Exhibitions will be available for viewing on the Thursday afternoon before the Public Lecture and Awards.

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