The Secondary Geography Quality Mark

The Geographical Association (GA) is delighted to announce in September 2016 Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) awardees.

The SGQM award process encourages and supports schools to reflect on their work and strive for the highest quality in their teaching. All the award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which all are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM, now into its 10th year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in areas such as geographical knowledge, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It aims to promote effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools.

In 2016, 16 schools were also awarded the coveted Centre of Excellence status. These hubs of excellence are pivotal to the GA’s desire to spread good practice through the development of local networks of teachers. The Centre of Excellence award recognises a school’s contribution to disseminating quality approaches to the teaching of geography and global learning. In these schools geography is managed by enthusiastic curriculum leaders who are able to inspire their colleagues.

425 SGQM’s have been awarded since its launch in 2006, and with a total of 37 active Centres of Excellence there is an increasingly widespread support network for teachers. Furthermore, awards have also been presented to overseas schools in Thailand,Vietnam, China, Cyprus and Hong Kong. Also, a number of schools achieved the award for the 4th time this year which GA feels is a significant achievement!

Alan Kinder, Chief Executive of the GA, says:
‘There has never been a more important time for all children and young people to study geography. Growing up in the 21st century means living in an increasingly interconnected world, one facing a growing number of global challenges such as climate change and the need to live our lives sustainably. Geography not only fascinates and inspires young people, it provides them with the knowledge and understanding they need to live in the modern world. Geography is, as we say in the GA’s Manifesto, “fundamental to everyone” and I am delighted that a growing number of primary schools are teaching their students to fully engage with the subject.’

Miss D Lythe, Subject Leader for Geography at Pewsey Vale said:
‘I’m delighted that Pewsey Vale School has been award the Secondary Geography Quality Mark. Throughout last year the department and students worked towards meeting certain standards which essentially means that the quality of teaching and learning has been recognised within the school. As well as acknowledging excellence within a whole school, the Quality mark also indicates effective team leadership and high quality geography teaching. Fundamentally, this will contribute positively to the learning experience of students in geography.’

The Secondary Geography Quality Mark awardees will be acknowledged at the 2017 GA Annual Conference held at the University of Guildford Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 April. All award winners will be invited to attend the Awards Presentation event on the Thursday evening.