Education Group

The Geographical Association's Education Group (EG) oversees the educational work of GA volunteers, covering all phases from Foundation through to Post-16 and Initial Teacher Training, as well as its international work and activities in areas such as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC).

The Education Group's functions include:

  • Formulating the educational policy of the GA and ensuring that provision is made for all aspects of geographical education
  • Guiding the GA Governing Body on priorities for the educational work of the GA
  • Overseeing, setting priorities for, and co-ordinating the actions of its sub-groups (Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups, Communication Boards, Working Parties)
  • Taking action on education and professional matters identified by EG itself or its sub-groups, the GA Governing Body or other GA Officers

EG meets formally three times a year, usually in January, May and September.

Education Group members are all elected or appointed from the GA membership, and comprise a Chair, a Vice Chair, GA President, GA Senior Vice President, GA Junior Vice President, and the chairs of EG's sub-groups (Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups and Communication Boards). Current EG sub-groups are:

Phase Committees

Early Years and Primary Phase Committee
Secondary Phase Committee
Post-16 and HE Phase Committee

Special Interest Groups

Assessment and Examinations Special Interest Group
Sustainability and Citizenship Special Interest Group
Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning Special Interest Group
Independent Schools Special Interest Group
Information and Communications Technology Special Interest Group
International Special Interest Group
Teacher Education Special Interest Group
Physical Geography Special Interest Group
Welsh Special Interest Group

Communication Boards

Conference Board
Website Board
Publications Board
Geography Editorial Board
Teaching Geography Editorial Board
Primary Geographer Editorial Board
GA Magazine Editorial Board

Phase Committees, Special Interest Groups and Working Parties meet separately, usually once a term, to concentrate on their special areas of interest. Outcomes can include new publications, special CPD events, responses to Government Consultations, representation to other organisations and the initiation of action on educational and professional issues.

Communication Boards meet at least once a year.

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