The Rex Walford Award is for trainees or teachers who have just started their careers.
For this year’s Rex Walford Award competition we are asking trainee or early career geography teachers to create a short scheme of work, including a range of mapping, which reveals how their pupils’ lives have been shaped by the Covid pandemic.
We are interested to see lessons, resources and maps which illustrate and describe:
Which local human and physical features their pupils and their family used during the pandemic
Why some places were especially important
The places they couldn’t visit and why
If the pandemic has led to them experiencing any new places in their local area
How the pandemic changed their geographical understanding of their local area
Any links which ‘stretch’ their maps to other places which were also important to them during the pandemic
The Rex Walford Award is for trainees or teachers who in an early stage of their career, including students enrolled on a PGCE, SCITT, Teach First and Schools Direct, alongside NQTs and colleagues at a similar stage in their careers.
Entrants are asked to produce a scheme of work, covering at least three lessons, that focuses on the theme ‘Remapping our lives’. We would also be interested to see (where possible) examples of pupils’ work that has resulted from the lessons.
Reflecting the late Rex Walford’s passion for training new geography teachers who can inspire their students in their subject, the Rex Walford Award is given for the best scheme of work, set of teaching resources and/or lesson plans developed on the same theme as the Young Geographer of the Year competition. And we hope you will also encourage your pupils to take part in the accompanying YGOTY competition.
*Extended deadline Sunday 31 October 2021 5:00pm*
Due to ongoing circumstances with Covid within education, we have taken the decision to extend to the deadline to allow those who haven't already been involved the opportunity to submit entries.
All entries must continue to be made online via email to email@example.com using the same format file name / type requirements specified below, or they cannot be considered.
Please note that the changing date of submission will not affect judging. If you have any queries or questions, please email Eduadmin@rgs.org
All entries must be made via email Please title your email “Rex Walford Award <your name>”.
Entries must use the entrant's name as the file name for each document, along with the name of the file (ie. Entrants_Name_LessonPlanOne.docx). If your file is too large to send via email please use WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com/) and send it to the same address.
In the email, please include:
Your current teaching status (trainee or NQT)
We cannot accept or judge any entries by post.
Due to the high volume of entries we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful entrants or provide individual feedback.
The 2021 Rex Walford Award and accompanying Young Geographer of the Year competition supports the Society’s work on the ‘mapping home’ strand of www.stayhomestories.co.uk which is researching how the pandemic changed our relationship to home.
Experiences of home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A national competition run by the Society to encourage pupils to engage with geographical issues.
Rex Walford Award and The Young Geographer of the Year competition are kindly supported by:
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