Welsh Special Interest Group


Chair: Gill Miller



The purpose of Special Interest Group (SIG) for Wales is to support GA members in Wales, to promote teaching and learning in primary and secondary geography and to contribute to the enhancement of geographical education throughout the country.

This will involve:

  • Representing the views of primary and secondary geography teachers in Wales to the GA and liaising with other organisations and groups concerned with geography in Wales.
  • Promoting information, innovations and good practice in geographical education throughout Wales and beyond.
  • Initiating discussion and, when relevant, writing reports relevant to geography teaching and learning in Wales.
  • Monitoring current developments concerning geography in Wales and geographical issues in England which also pertain to Wales.

WelshWise student quiz 2015

The WelshWise quiz, coordinated by the GA Special Interest Group for Wales, provides an opportunity for Y8-9 students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to current events and matters of global and local significance.

Find out more about the 2015 WelshWise quiz, including the quiz questions and answers from the competitions which took place in north and south Wales.


In Wales 'hiraeth' describes the way people feel about their home and landscape.

Here are some ideas from Welsh geographers which express how they feel about their own place in Wales.

"Hireath to me is when I pass thought the green fields of sheep surrounded by the hills and mountains of north Wales. It delivers warmth and comfort to know im amongst friendly family, friends and strangers."

"To me it's about my heart. I travel a lot in the UK with my hobbies and get to see a great deal of the countryside but nothing feels the same as when I know I am home, in Wales. It's hard to describe but being Welsh is a passion, it's about being proud and it's where I am from!"

"I suppose my cynefin is North Wales. From the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia to the Clywdian Range and its beautiful Vale I have been lucky to experience it all. I have walked it, ridden a bike around it, studied it and lived there all my life. It is my habitat."

"As you come along the A5 back to Betws-y-coed on a clear day, past the small village of Pentrefoelas, you are rewarded with a view of the mountains of Snowdonia laid out in a great panorama, and you know you are nearly home. You can just about pick out the varied magical spots which surround the Conwy Valley, from steep rocky mountain tops to wooded lowlands and green fields. Each place you have visited or walked around reminds you of a personal memory or anecdote. Of course often it is raining and the view has to be imagined, and then you certainly feel like you are back in North Wales!"


Cardiff Case studies

If you are looking for up to date A-Level teaching material then check out Cardiff Case Studies. This excellent resource from Cardiff Universities geography department covers everything from coasts to the impact of a major sporting event. Highly recommended.

Welsh SIG resources:

Welsh Special Interest Group members

  • Jan Bond (secretary)
  • Gill Miller (chair)
  • Michael Hughes
  • Sue Barnard
  • Duncan Hawley
  • Tom Stamp

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