GA Professional Passport and Awards

Launched after a long period of development and pilots, this is a new option for those teachers wanting to receive additional credit for their work.

The GA is excited to announce the launch of the GA Professional Passport and Awards which recognise teachers who reflect deeply and critically on their professional development. 

 The GA Professional Passport provides teachers with an online portfolio (via PebblePad) to store and curate evidence of their professional development. However, it also provides a framework to support the identification of, and reflection on, the impact of these CPD experiences on teaching and learning, helping to move CPD from being a one-off event to a sustained and genuinely developmental experience. Having engaged with the GA Professional Passport, some teachers may want to submit aspects of their portfolios to gain formal accreditation. 

There are two levels of award: the GA Professional Award and the GA Enhanced Professional Award.

CPD, Curriculum and Marketing Manager Rebecca Kitchen said:

“This is a very exciting initiative which is available to all GA members. The GA Professional Passport is completely personal, following the teacher rather than the school or department and so is suitable for all teachers of geography, regardless of career stage or context. Teachers who engaged with the pilot really enjoyed taking the time to reflect on the CPD experiences that they had engaged with and felt professionally challenged by the process.”

Find out more details here.
The different awards have slighly different criteria as shown below.
You can submit and pay for an award at any time but there are three moderation windows per year. 
For 2019 / 2020 these windows are:
  • Monday 21 October – Monday 4 November 2019
  • Monday 10 February – Monday 2 March 2020
  • Monday 18 May – Monday 1 June 2020
Your submission will be moderated in the next available window and you can expect to hear the outcome approximately two weeks after the window closes.
For each level of the award you will find a workbook within your GA Professional Passport.  You should choose the evidence from your Passport which demonstrates that you have met the criteria. Please be aware that this evidence will be shared with the moderators for assessment. Further support, guidance and exemplification can be found on PebblePad.
2019/2020 Costs
There is no limit to the number of times you can apply for an award. There is a fee, each time, of £20 for a GA Professional Award and £45 to submit for a GA Enhanced Professional Award. Awards are date stamped.
For further information about any aspect of the GA Professional Award, please contact