Secondary school teaching resources

Secondary geography teaching resources suitable for children in years 7 to 11, ages 11 to 16 years

Our free secondary teaching resources range from designing a comprehensive geography curriculum to using the national grid. We’ve also collated some helpful external tools and resources to support geography studies and teacher training. 

Ordnance Survey resources

Key stage 3 classroom learning

Designing a geography curriculum

Read our secondary school guide to designing a geography curriculum, for 11- to 16-year-olds. 

Designing a coherent geography curriculum (PDF)

Designing a coherent geography curriculum (greyscale, PDF)

Using the national grid

This OS fact sheet explains how to understand and use the national grid.

Using the national grid (PDF)

Beginners guide to grid references

Election maps

Election mapping insights

Maps are a vital tool at election time. OS have resources to help schools make the most of our election maps. Browse our online tools for searching electoral boundaries in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland election maps

Election map activities sheet (PDF)

Tools to test map knowledge

Test your students’ geography knowledge using symbol flashcards.

OS Explorer map symbol flashcards (PDF)

Use our outline maps for colouring in and testing knowledge.

Outline map of Great Britain (PDF)

Outline map of the United Kingdom (PDF)

Outline map Europe (PDF)

External resources for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • BBC Bitesize

    The BBC supports students with their studies outside the classroom, at home and on the go. The site offers curriculum relevant study guides, short form videos, quizzes and interactives.

  • BBC Teach

    Free classroom resources for schools throughout the UK. This series introduces the satnav and online maps generation, through to traditional skills for reading detailed paper maps.

  • Digimap for Schools

    Digimap for Schools is an intuitive, easy-to-use online resource, providing access to OS mapping of Great Britain, at a variety of scales.


    A world-class centre for digital expertise based at the University of Edinburgh. EDINA provides maps and geospatial data from OS and other sources for schools, colleges and universities.

  • ESRI

    ESRI is the leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) and an Ordnance Survey Partner. ESRI ArcGIS Online for Schools is a free teaching and learning resource.

  • Geograph

    Geograph Britain and Ireland is a web-based project to collect and reference geographically representative images of every square kilometre of the British Isles.

  • The Geographical Association

    The Geographical Association is the leading subject association for teachers of geography. They publish a range of journals, publications and training courses.

  • Royal Geographical Society

    The society offers geography teaching resources and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in subject knowledge, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and fieldwork.

  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society

    A champion for geographical education in Scottish schools, involved in policy discussions, promoting geography in schools, and projects.

  • Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

    The Scottish Association of Geography Teachers (SAGT) are a Scotland-based subject association dedicated to further development and teaching of Geography.

Further teacher resources

Access geography teaching resources sorted into key stages; suitable for all age ranges from early years and key stage 1 up to key stage 4. 

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