Geography Champions

Primary Geography Champions Network

A network for primary teachers created by the Geographical Association for the Primary Geography Champions project.



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Kirstie Willis commented on Alan Parkinson's group North East Champions: Steve Rawlinson / Emma French
"Hi I am a coordinator in a Cramlington primary and just wondered if there were any local projects that we might be able to join in with? Thanks!"
10 hours ago
Chris Onion shared Paula Owens's group on Facebook
Paula Owens commented on Paula Owens's group Derby Kathryn Hindmarch
"Hi Both, I was wondering if there is another member of this group who would want to take over organising geography meet ups? It must be almost impossible now for you Kathryn as you have music to lead and focus on so if you felt this might free you…"
Kathryn Hindmarch commented on Paula Owens's group Derby Kathryn Hindmarch
"Hi Jaswant, Good to hear from you.  I've taken a bit of a back seat geography-wise over the last couple of years as I'm now the music co-ordinator at my school so am busy with concerts, rehearsals and new curriculum planning…"
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Jaswant Kalirai commented on Paula Owens's group Derby Kathryn Hindmarch
"Hi Kathryn, Hope all is good with you. I was just wondering whether you are still holding meetings for geography teachers / co-ordinators in Derby? Please let me know as I'd love to attend. Many thanks, Jaz"
Kirstie Willis joined Alan Parkinson's group

North East Champions: Steve Rawlinson / Emma French

North East Region Champions Network is jointly run by Steve Rawlinson and Emma French.
Matt Pavey updated their profile
Sep 12
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Stephen Patrick savage updated their profile
Sep 10
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Rachel Bowles posted blog posts
Aug 17
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A Geographical Association project - join the GA here.

Welcome to our collaborative learning community. With more than 1500 members it is a great place to share ideas, resources and news about primary geography and the primary curriculum. Do browse the library of great Blog Posts with keyword links here  and add your own posts. Please do take the time to comment on queries and thoughts submitted by others.

A big welcome to all new members! Remember, you can have your own page AND belong to a group where 'local' discussions are held – our Champions are keen for you to join them so please find a relevant group in your area to join by checking the list below or using the map.

IMPORTANT: If you have applied to join our network but not been given access it is probably because you have either a suspicious looking email address or name - eg a christian name only. We moderate each new member individually and do our very best to avoid having spam on the site.

FREE FOR ALL TEACHERS: stunning image sets available to download as part of A Different View - the Manifesto for Geography plus accompanying free activities written by teachers - well worth a look.

Please do add a picture of yourself to our professional networking site as it makes it much more friendly. See the blog adding your image if you're not sure.

NEW! A tab to a page for Primary Geographer the Primary Journal. Find out what's available now and coming next, plus how to submit articles. Also a new tab for the Primary Geography Quality Mark. Are you going for the award? Why not post a discussion there?

GA Primary PowerPoint.ppt This is an adapted version of the GA ppt at the bottom of this page made relevant just for the primary phase - thanks Nicola!


Have a look at the map and zoom in to see who your nearest Champion is? As well as joining their 'group page' for discussions you may want to attend one of their forthcoming face to face sessions for high quality, free CPD (plus certificate, cake, biscuits, tea, coffee ...). Or, you may want to suggest an event in your local area that meets your needs. So get networking!

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January 2014 update from DfE curriculum and timeline


National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study for Geography here


We are pleased to offer this link to the work of the DfE convened Geography Expert Advisory Group (GEAG)

 This is an online resource to support teachers, tutors and student teachers in preparing for the new curriculum. The materials are NOT to be used for commercial purposes.


The Global Learning Programme is funded by DfE and will help you develop global learning across your school. It is cross-curricular but geography is a prioritised subject.  

Global Learning Special Autumn 2014 : a free download of a GA magazine special edition.  


Blog Posts

Classroom Resources

Have just added details of the Primary Project Box in Classroom resources - and Primary Tool kits - whether new to teaching or just wondering where your years of hard work are heading  these will give you encouragement - 'cos they are still very relevant and valid in a cross curicular climate

Posted by Rachel Bowles on August 17, 2014 at 20:46

Classroom Resources

Have just added details of the Primary Project Box in Classroom resources - and Primary Tool kits - whether new to teaching or just wondering where your years of hard work are heading  these will give you encouragement - 'cos they are still very relevant and valid in a cross curicular climate

Posted by Rachel Bowles on August 17, 2014 at 20:46

the Simon Catling Collection

Thanks to the generosity of Professor Simon Catling - now Emeritus Professor of Oxford Brookes University, the Geographical Association are pleased to announce the opening of the 'Simon Catling' Room at GA HQ 160 Solly Street Sheffield S1 4BF.

Simon has donated a wealth of resources which will delight teachers, researchers and educators alike. The collection ranges from children's pop - up books to academic tomes and teacher packs. In addition, Rachel Bowles has also donated the…


Posted by Paula Owens on June 28, 2014 at 15:19

New NC in Geography Overview

The attached document is an overview of the new National Curriculum for Geography for primary and is key stages one and two at a glance on one side of A4. It also shows you what publications might be useful to support it.



Don't forget…


Posted by Paula Owens on June 26, 2014 at 12:54

Primary Curriculum Conference - 3rd July at the Kia Oval

There's a chance to hear Robin Alexander, get a free copy of the Curriculum 2014 handbook and hear Professor Robin Alexander. There are also workshops from subject associations, including one from Paula Owens.…


Posted by Alan Parkinson on June 21, 2014 at 20:22 — 1 Comment

GA Information and Communication Special Interest Group

The GA ICT SIG is interested in hearing from any GA member who wishes to join this group especially from the Primary or Early Years phases or with special interest in GIS. The group meets three times a year in London. It aims to: To investigate new technologies and resources and their potential for teaching and learning geography on behalf of the GA. , to provide information and advice about teaching and learning with ICT to members of the GA in journals, booklets, the GA website, through…


Posted by Emily on May 29, 2014 at 22:56

Transition project with funding attached!

For all non-independent schools, the Global learning Programme has some funding available to support planning and work on a global learning theme between key stages one and two. Find out how you can get £500 per school.





Posted by Paula Owens on May 21, 2014 at 0:57



On behalf of Mark I draw your attention to this and say that I hope it will be an excellent event - Paula




Dear Colleagues,


You may remember that the Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE) funded a seminar at Green…


Posted by Paula Owens on February 12, 2014 at 18:59


Link School required Bournemouth 4 Replies

Hi all...Lots to ask about!First let me tell you a little about myself: I'm a primary teacher at a school in Bournemouth, Dorset, I'm also the Geography Coordinator.I was just wondering if there was…Continue

Started by Kevin. Last reply by Kevin May 14.

Changes to the Geography Curriculum 3 Replies

Hi Everyone.With the changes to the curriculum, are the schemes of work still relevant, or are you replacing them with topic based schemes?Are you now writing your own schemes of work, or adapting…Continue

Started by Reginald Alexander Watkins. Last reply by Paula Owens Oct 14, 2013.

Primary Geography resources focus group

Hi, We are running some London based focus groups for primary teachers on improving resources for Geography and world learning. Anyone interested in attending (we will pay you for your time) please…Continue

Tags: resources, research, Primary

Started by alison bellwood Mar 14, 2013.

Fieldwork Funding Awards 2013

Frederick Soddy Trust FIELDWORK FUNDING - DEADLINE  JAN 3Ist - Go to…Continue

Started by Rachel Bowles Jan 12, 2013.


What is the Geographical Association? What do we do? How can we help you?

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Download this presentation to share at staff meetings

Please help our research!

how to add yourself to our Google map.doc
We have a map showing the location and details of the Primary Champions but thought it would be great to have an interactive collaborative map that shows how support for, and confidence in, primary geography is spread across the UK. This will help us report about the needs of teachers in England to the DCSF and will also help the GA to target teacher support more effectively across the entire UK. Please do take the time to add your details - see the 'how to' documentation for a step by step guide. Many thanks!

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