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2018 Quality Mark Awards

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2018 Geography Quality Mark Awards

The GA’s Geography Quality Marks are prestigious awards which recognise and promote quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools.


Primary Geography Quality Mark

The PGQM is seen as a key strategy for raising the quality of geography in primary schools and has been driving school improvement in geography since 2006. This year a total of 53 primary schools have achieved the GA’s PGQM at either Gold, Silver or Bronze Level.

In total, more than 1000 Primary Geography Quality Marks have been awarded since the scheme’s launch in 2006. In 2018 the GA has awarded 10 schools the Gold Level, 21 schools the Silver Level and 22 the Bronze Level. This includes four schools who have achieved the PGQM four times: Springwood Primary School in Cardiff, Christ Church CE Primary School in Staffordshire, Elmwood Junior School in Surrey and Two Rivers Primary School in Tamworth – a major achievement for all of these schools.

Jon Cannell, GA Primary Curriculum Leader, says: ‘Each year the Geographical Association’s National Moderation Team is highly impressed by the quality of the submissions they receive. Schools use geography to drive their curriculum, engage pupils, raise standards and improve the outlook for each pupil. Through the rigorous Quality Mark framework the Geographical Association supports and develops schools’ understanding of the subject while being a mainstay in whole school improvement.’

Go to PGQM-awardees for a list of schools awarded the PGQM.


Secondary Geography Quality Mark

The SGQM is a prestigious award that recognises quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools.

In 2018, out of 33 schools which were awarded a Secondary Geography Quality Mark, 10 schools received the coveted Centre of Excellence award. Centre of Excellence schools are pivotal to the GA’s desire to spread good practice through the development of local networks of teachers. This award recognises a school’s contribution to disseminating quality approaches to the teaching of geography, global learning and fieldwork.

Over 500 SGQMs have been awarded since the scheme’s launch in 2006, and with many active Centres of Excellence there is an increasingly widespread support network for teachers. Furthermore, SGQM awards have also been presented to two schools for the fourth time this year: Endon High School, Stoke-on Trent and Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell and they are congratulated on this significant achievement.

Rebecca Kitchen, GA Curriculum Manager, says: ‘The SGQM enables schools to focus critically on what they are doing and why, in order to provide their young people with the knowledge and understanding they need to live in the modern world.’

Go to SGQM-awardees for a list of schools awarded the SGQM.