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Innovative Geography Teaching Grants

The Innovative Geography Teaching Grants provide funding for geography teachers at secondary level for the development of imaginative and creative educational resources, with a university collaborator.

Innovative Geography Teaching Grants

Two grants, each of £1,000, will be awarded annually to each teacher-Higher Education team.

The Society is particularly interested in receiving applications which address current challenges in teaching and learning in secondary geography.


15 February (each year)


2017 Innovative Geography Teaching Grant recipient

Alan Parkinson (King's Ely Junior) 'Inspirational Places: Changing Places'

Working in partnership with Dr Peter Knight (Keele University), online resources will be created that support teachers in their understanding of key themes in the 'Changing Places' topic - the section of the A-level Geography specification focusing on people's engagement with places and their experience of them. The resources will provide teachers with practical strategies for teaching and a bibliography of additional reading for exploration and research.

2016: Catherine Owen (King Alfred School, Somerset) 'Interactive tour of Kampala'

In partnership with Dr Kevin Cook (University of Northampton) the aim of this project is to develop an interactive tour of Kampala using GoPro footage, video and photographs to create a unique point of view tour. Exploring an interactive map of Kampala will enable students to evaluate the extent to which the Millennium Development Goals have been achieved. Students will be able to interact with the tour as a continuous transect of Kampala or interact with key moments.

2015: Raphael Heath (The Royal High School, Bath) 'Investigating the geography of crime'

The purpose of these resources are to provide teachers and students with the information and skills required to be able to conduct a sophisticated investigation into UK crime patterns using GIS mapping techniques using primary and secondary data. An interactive online version of this resource is available here.

2014: Alan Parkinson (King's Ely School) and Dr Benjamin Hennig (University of Oxford). 'LondonMapper: exploring a World city through Census Data'.

By focusing on London, this project provides a context which has national relevance, but is on a more manageable scale. A framework has been produced for using Census data and a range of visually stunning maps to support imaginative enquiry work, which will also extend students’ critical thinking as they explore the sprawling city of London.

The materials produced are hosted on the London Mapper website, and a teaching guide to using them can be found on the Society's GIS Educational Resources pages.

2014: Paul Turner (Sevenoaks School) and Dr Adam Dennett (University College London). 'CENTRISt (CENsus teaching ThRough gIS)'. 

A scheme of work will be developed for sixth form students, which will allow them to learn new quantitative analysis and GIS skills through exploring the 2011 Census data, while also engaging with wider substantive and increasingly important themes such as the North / South Divide in the UK or widening inequalities between London / the South East and the rest of the UK at a variety of spatial scales.

In the past, the scheme offered different opportunities to individual teachers. Recipients included:

2011: Rachel Atkins (Bristol Grammar School). 'Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Templates - Interactive Geographers'. This project aimed to inspire teachers to use easily-adaptable IWB techniques for excellent teacher and student interaction.

2011: Jo Debens (Priory School). 'International link between Priory School, UK and the Cape Fear Centre for Enquiry, USA. This project formed a link with the Cape Fear Centre for Enquiry in the USA, enabling students to explore and compare their personal geographies and explore how living near the coast affects their lives.

2011: James Mutton (Featherstone High School). 'I-Pod Touch'. Using mobile technology inside and outside the classroom to enhance the delivery of geographical education.

2011: Samantha Coulson: (William Farr CE School). 'Geography of Film - Scheme of Work'. This project explores geographical issues through the medium of film by giving context to theory. Using a variety of film clips pupils will investigate how film instils a sense of place, culture and change over time.

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