Primary and Secondary Quality Marks
NEW Revised Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Mark Frameworks
The Quality Mark assessment frameworks have been updated in the light of recent Ofsted guidance, Teacher Standards and National College of School Leadership advice. They are also now designed to link with the new Global Learning Programme.
The Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Marks are awards which recognise quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, learning and teaching in school. As well as acknowledging excellence within a whole school, they also indicate effective team leadership and high quality geography teaching.
The self-assessment frameworks can be used as a tool for reviewing the school or department and can identify areas where geography teaching and learning can be improved. They are freely available as tools to all GA members.
At secondary level, the whole team takes part in an ongoing process of curriculum review, identifying priorities for departmental CPD, sharing good practice around a framework for encouraging creative and critical thinking about curriculum making and developing a dynamic, relevant KS3.
"... Within my own department, the SGQM was both a fantastic CPD and self evaluation process. As a team we were able to reflect on and evaluate our current practice ..."
GA members are entitled to free access to the Quality Mark VLEs, password-protected websites containing self-evaluation forms, action plans and exemplar materials. Contact Julie Beattie to request login details.
Joining the Global Learning Programme with the Secondary Geography Quality Mark
Schools can take advantage of the support on offer through the GLP to develop their expertise in curriculum - making; using geography to fuel pupil achievement. Schools wanting to further develop Global Learning can use the Quality Mark to join the GLP in England as a Partner School, or provide evidence of good practice and impact to become a GLP Expert Centre. QM accreditation could also lead to recognition for teachers as GLP Lead Practitioners.
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