Teacher Education Special Interest Group


Chair: Charles Rawding
Email: rawdingc@edgehill.ac.uk

Our Aims

The purpose of the Teacher Education Special Interest Group is to support GA members and others by reviewing the educational landscape as it affects teacher education, looking for patterns, connections, issues and implications and by initiating actions in response. This will involve:

  • Monitoring the impact of changes to teacher education affecting initial teacher education and continuous professional development for teachers of geography for the 3-19 age range.
  • Initiating discussions, surveys and other activities
  • Disseminating outcomes through conference presentations and publications
  • Representing the Geographical Association in matters related to Teacher Education.

What we do

Much of our recent work has been related to developing an area on the GA website devoted to mentoring. These web pages aim to provide guidance and support for mentors, and information about in-school geography training and what a well-informed and competent new secondary geography teacher needs to know and be able to do.

Mentoring section >>>

Twitter. The TESIG is committed to providing advice and guidance on effective mentoring for school based mentors. There is an array of support and guidance available on the GA website and weekly updates are posted on twitter @GA_TESIG.

We meet each term and our membership represents as wide a range of ITE interest as possible. This enables us to receive information on developments affecting ITE from a number of directions and to bring varied experience to focus on them. Reponses have included surveys, articles, published materials, conferences and contributions to the GA’s Annual Conference, joint working with other organisations and representations to official bodies.

We provide guidance and support in relation to curriculum change by delivering workshops and lectures at the GA's Annual conference, contributing sessions to the PGCE/NQT event at conference and helping to organise and contribute to regional conferences.

Past meeting reports

Download: June 2016
Download: January 2016

TESIG members

Richard Maurice: Geography Consultant and Lead Practitioner, Harris Federation.

Vicki Margave: Secondary PGCE & Teach First Geography Tutor, Sheffield Hallam University, Teaching & Learning Consultant, Rotherham School Improvement Service.

Mel Norman: Editor Teaching Formerly, Geography PGCE (Secondary) Course Leader & Geography Tutor, University of Brighton.

Charles Rawding (Chair): Geography PGCE Course Leader, Edge Hill University.

Margaret Roberts: GA President 2008-2009. Formerly Geography PGCE Course Leader, University of Sheffield.

Michael Simmons: Deputy Director and Specialist Leader of Education: Arthur Terry National Teaching School

Andrea Tapsfield (Secretary): Formerly HMI.

Celia Tidmarsh: Subject Co-ordinator Geography PGCE and PGCE Tutor for Assessment, University of Bristol.

Sarah Whitehouse: PGCE Programme Manager for Primary and Early Years, University of the West of England.

We are very short of primary geography representation on the TESIG, having recently lost two members due to other commitments, and would welcome an approach from a primary school teacher with a geography specialism or someone involved in primary geography ITE.

Recent activities


  1. TESIG provided a detailed submission to the Munday Report on the content of ITE courses.
  2. TESIG provided a detailed submission to the Carter report on standards in ITE.
  3. In the light of these two reports, TESIG is currently developing Quality criteria for both secondary and primary geography in initial teacher education.
  4. TESIG continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation in initial teacher education.


  1. TESIG was instrumental in producing the Geographical Association national research report Geography initial teacher education and teacher supply in England.
  2. Developments continued in relation to the mentoring section of the website.

Annual Conference 2014

Andrea Tapsfield was presented with the GA's Annual Award for Excellence for her outstanding work for TESIG on behalf of the GA including taking the lead in developing the 'Mentoring' area of the GA's website.

Margaret Roberts' packed lecture 'Geography Through Enquiry' was based around her most recent book of the same title. This book is an update of her previous best selling publication, 'Learning through enquiry' which was published by the GA in 2003.

Charles Rawding's lecture 'Rebranding Geography' was based on his current publication 'Effective Innovation in the secondary geography curriculum'. Charles advocates the importance of an holistic approach to studying global geographies to get students thinking geographically.

Visit the GA Annual Conference page which contains session downloads, photos from the event, and full details of this year's Awards.

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