Posted on: September 11th 2017

Secondary Geography Quality Mark 2017

The Secondary Geography Quality Mark: in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography

The Geographical Association (GA) is delighted to announce the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) awardees September 2017.

The SGQM is a prestigious award which recognises quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools. 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 recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in geographical knowledge, understanding, values and skills, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It promotes effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools.

In 2017, 16 schools (inc 10 Field Studies Centres) were 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, global learning and fieldwork. In these centres geography is managed by enthusiastic curriculum leaders who are able to inspire their colleagues.

476 SGQMs have been awarded since its launch in 2006, and with many active Centres of Excellence there is an increasingly widespread support network for teachers. Furthermore, awards have also been presented to three schools for the fourth time this year: Ballyclare High School in County Antrim, Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Kent and Tendring Technology College in Essex, which the GA feels is a significant achievement!

This is excellent recognition of all the hard work in the Geography department.  Well Done!

Mr E Hodges