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How is Britain changing?

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Competitions

Young Geographer of the Year and Rex Walford Award

Young Geographer of the Year 2016

How is Britain changing?

This year's competition provided students with the opportunity to explore geographical change from many different perspectives, at both local and national scales. 

Students considered change in relation to:

  • The human geography of their local area
  • The built and managed environments that surround them
  • The physical features of their local landscape
  • The ways in which people interact with, or are influenced by, their environment
  • Whether the changes they identify locally are representative of changes taking place at a national scale
  • Whether Britain's geopolitical relationships with the EU and other countries might be changing
  • The geographical processes that are driving change
  • Whether change has been sudden or gradual.  

In support of the competition, we asked a range of organisations and individuals to tell us how they think Britain is changing. The videos can be seen on our How is Britain changing? page.

For images and information about Britain's urban, rural and managed landscapes, please visit Britain from the Air. Britain from the Air is a major national, outdoor touring exhibition, with accompanying online resources, of over 100 aerial photographs telling a fascinating story of Britain's geography and history.

You may wish to look at change in Britain by comparing current and historical maps of the same area. A range of maps can be accessed through Ordnance Survey's Digimap for Schools and Esri UK's ArcGIS Online.

With information on over 100 local walks, trails and viewpoints, Discovering Britain helps people learn more about the geographical stories behind Britain's rich and varied landscapes.

The competition has four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) and Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18).

The 2016 winners are:

Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11)

Winner: Isabella Green, St Paulinus Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14)

Winner: India Wood, St Helen and St Katharine | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16)

Winner: Katie Banks, Millais School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18)

Winner: Hannah Thom, Skipton Girls' High School | View entry (PDF)

Highly Commended entries:


Rex Walford Award 2016

The Rex Walford Award is for trainees or teachers who have just started their careers, including students enrolled on a PGCE, Teach First and Schools Direct alongside NQTs and colleagues at a similar stage in their careers. The award reflects the late Rex Walford's passion for training new geography teachers who can inspire their pupils in their subject.

Linked to the Young Geographer of the Year competition, this years’ Rex Walford Award asked entrants to produce a short scheme of work, covering at least three lessons that focused on the question ‘How is Britain changing?’

The winner of the 2016 Rex Walford Award is Richard Sutton, a teacher at Sir Frederic Osborn School.


The Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award are kindly supported by:

Cotswold Outdoor Ordnance Survey Philips
Stanfords


Young Geographer of the Year 2015

Why does Antarctica matter?

The question for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition coincided with the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, which aimed to complete the first crossing of Antarctica. Despite failing in his original plans and being stranded on pack ice for over a year, Shackleton and his men returned safely and the expedition is recognised as one of the most remarkable feats of leadership and endeavour.

This year’s competition was an opportunity for students to explore why Antarctica still matters today. This may be for a number of reasons, spanning:

  • Antarctica's world-leading science
  • The continent's unique biodiversity and landscapes
  • As a location which still inspires people with awe and wonder of the natural world
  • Antarctica's unique status as the only continent in the world without countries
  • Antarctica's governance by the Antarctic Treaty which promotes science, peaceful purposes, sets aside territorial claims and prevents military activity

In support of the competition, we asked a range of experts who work on issues surrounding Antarctica to tell us why Antarctica matters to them. The videos can be seen on our #WhyDoesAntarcticaMatter? page.

Discovering Antarctica, developed in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, features a wealth of information about the distant, frozen wilderness of Antarctica.

The competition has four categories: Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11), Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14), Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16) and Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18).

The 2015 winners are:

Key Stage 2 (students aged 9-11)

Winner: Catherine James, The Lady Eleanor Holles School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 3 (students aged 11-14)

Winner: Molly Hughes, Balcarras School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 4 or GCSE (students aged 14-16)

Winner: Katie Banks, Millais School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Key Stage 5 or A Level (students aged 16-18)

Winner: Daniel Vaughan, Colyton Grammar School | View entry (PDF)

Highly Commended entries:


Rex Walford Award 2015 

The Rex Walford Award is for trainees or teachers who have just started their careers, including students enrolled on a PGCE, Teach First and Schools Direct alongside NQTs and colleagues at a similar stage in their careers. The award reflects the late Rex Walford's passion for training new geography teachers who can inspire their pupils in their subject.

Linked to the Young Geographer of the Year competition, this years’ Rex Walford Award asked entrants to produce a short scheme of work, covering at least three lessons that focused on the question ‘Why does Antarctica matter?’

The winner of the 2015 Rex Walford Award is Fiona Tremelling, a teacher at Windsor Girls' School.

Kindly supported by:

Cotswold Outdoor Ordnance Survey Philips
Stanfords
 

David W.Smith Memorial Prize 2017 (supported by Routledge Publishers)

Essay Competition 

The Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) annual essay competition in memory of David W. Smith. David W Smith, who also published under the name of David Drakakis Smith, was an outstanding scholar committed to researching on Third World cities. He died in 1999.

A2 level students in England and Wales and Advanced Higher students in Scotland are invited to write an essay of up to 1500 words on the following title:
 
With reference to one city in the Global South, discuss the key opportunities and challenges that cities post for sustainable development.

Essays should be word processed and 1.5 spaced. The word count does not include the reference list.

Essays must be received by Friday 9 March 2017. Please include your name, school and contact details with your essay. Your teacher must confirm that the essay is your own work. If you would like to acknowledge receipt of your essay please indicate this in your submission email.

Submit an electronic copy to the email address below:

Dr Jessica Hope
Jch84@cam.ac.uk

Any queries can be sent to Professor Nina Laurie (nina.laurie@st-andrews.ac.uk)  

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