Inspiring a new generation of geographers

Regular blog readers will be aware of the work we do to support the teaching of geography in schools. It’s an important area for us and we are keen to support teachers to inspire children to learn about the benefit and use of geography particularly through our joint project with Edina – Digimap for Schools.

We also sponsor some awards which recognise the commitment and passion shown by Geography teachers. This week, two outstanding teachers have been recognised by being presented with the Ordnance Survey Award for excellence in secondary geography teaching by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). They received their awards from Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive, Vanessa Lawrence CB.

The Awards were presented during the annual medals and awards ceremony this week which saw a total of 18 people being recognised for their achievements in geographical research, fieldwork, photography, teaching, and in enthusing public audiences.

Our award winners are:

Lydia Williams is Head of Geography at a state secondary comprehensive in London (Jewish Free School) who has greatly enhanced the provision of opportunities for geography students at all levels, and who is now involved school improvement schemes in the wider authority area.

Paul Cornish is Head of Geography at Coopers Company and Coburn School in Essex and is the Geography Teacher Leader for the Prince’s Trust as well as being author of a wide range of teaching resources.

At the following reception BBC broadcaster Simon Reeve was presented with the Ness Award (no – not named after the Loch Ness Monster!) for popularizing geography through television travel documentaries and writing. He joined the teachers at a reception hosted by Michael Palin who was completing a 3 year term as President of the Royal Geographical Society.  Other guests included writer and broadcaster Nick Crane from popular BBC Series Coast.

Further information is at http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm

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