The Royal Meteorological Society and Met Office are delighted to announce this new award to recognize excellence in weather teaching.
Who can apply?
Any UK school – primary or secondary.
How to apply
Send no more than 1 page of evidence to demonstrate that, in the last 6 months, your school has fulfilled 2 or more of:
- Running a weather station, involving the students in the observations and using the data.
- Making other regular weather observations.
- Making regular contributions to WOW (data or photos).
- Running a weather blog regularly for at least 3 months.
- Having some sort of ongoing connection with a STEM ambassador in connection with weather related activities.
- Running a weather club, or doing weather related activities as a significant part of a science or geography club.
- Evidence of good weather fieldwork. Incorporating weather measurements in other fieldwork.
- Borrowed and used instruments from the RMetS.
- Planned, launched and evaluated a weather balloon launch with a significant meteorological learning aspect to the launch (not just ‘teddy into space’).
- Cross-curriculum weather topic.
- Teacher as active member of RMetS education committee/ virtual education committee.
- Teacher attended weather training day delivered by RMetS or completed a significant proportion of Come Rain or Shine.
- Some other evidence of excellent weather teaching.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no charge associated with applying for the MetMark.
Schools will be awarded a dated certificate signed by the Chief Executives of the RMetS and of the Met Office as well as an electronic badge for the school website.
You may like to use this optional template to submit your application.
Geography Quality Marks
If your school is also putting together an application for a Secondary Geography Quality Mark then it is worth noting that the MetMark would be suitable evidence for any of the section B1 criteria (a – e) which demonstrate the quality of teaching and also D1 c which demonstrates making links with external agencies.
If your school is also putting together an application for a Primary Geography Quality Mark then it is worth noting that the MetMark would be contribute towards sections A1 (pupil knowledge), A2 (pupil skills), T1 (teacher knowledge) and L3 (leadership).
- The University of Birmingham School
- The Appleton School, Essex
- Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol
- Danes Hill School, Surrey
Throughout KS3, this school teaches weather, focussing on observations of local weather and incorporating extensive fieldwork.
The subject leader for geography at this school completed the Come Rain or Shine weather CPD course which has been particularly beneficial to A level teaching. Students lower down the school complete extensive weather fieldwork locally, increasing their awareness of local weather conditions, particularly during extreme events.
In 2018, this school engaged in an exciting all school, cross-curricula weather themed topic. Associated activities included fieldwork, launching a weather balloon, maintaining a weather diary for Bristol and another global location, weather themed fancy, craft/ experiment activities, drama, poetry and much more.
Building on their 2017 MetMark, the teachers and students at this school continue to use their school weather station and other weather instruments extensively in geography and other lessons. The data from their weather station is shared through the WOW website.
- Bredon Hill Academy, Gloucestershire
- Lordswood Girls’ School, Birmingham
- Danes Hill School, Surrey
- Larbert High School, Stenhousemuir
This school uses their weather station data extensively in and out of lessons. Data from the station is also shared with the local community.
A geography teacher from this school has worked together with colleagues from the science and maths departments to improve the quality and relevance of weather and climate teaching across the school and using meteorology as an application for key skills.
Teachers from this school have both attended training days run by the RMetS and taken the FutureLearn CPD course to improve their understanding of weather. The school runs and makes good use of its weather station, online local weather data and fieldwork opportunities.
The school’s very strong application included evidence of involving students in a national rainfall measuring project, focussing on the weather in both their Geography Club and digital learning topics and choosing weather as a topic to meet various aspects of their curriculum requirements.
- Holy Trinity Primary School, Halifax
- Down High School, Downpatrick
- Robert Fitzroy Academy, Croydon
Holy Trinity school has been doing some excellent weather work, particularly with its younger pupils. There has been an active weather club as well as ongoing weather observations. Older students have been following global extreme weather events in the news.
A teacher from Down High School has had a long and productive interaction with the RMetS. In 2016, she attended a one day CPD course to improve and refresh her weather knowledge and is a member of the Society’s virtual education committee. This will help us improve our support for schools in Northern Ireland.
To support their ‘whatever the weather’ themed cross-school science week, Robert Fitzroy Academy borrowed weather instruments from the Royal Met Soc. Also, every class kept a daily weather diary for a week, every lesson for the entire week was linked to the weather, including dance and music, weather forecasts were videod, each class made their own weather instruments, stories about the weather were read and role-played and they made weather symbols. Photos from the week showed how creative the students were.
- Maiden Erlegh School, Reading
- Redmoor Academy, Hinckley
- Reigate Grammar School, Surrey
- St Mary Magdalene Academy, London
- West Bridgford School, Nottingham
- Ninestiles School: An Academy, Birmingham
Maiden Erlegh school has run an active weekly weather club for the last 7 years. They run a weather based Twitter handle. Data from their school weather station is used across the school. One of their teachers has both supported the RMetS and regularly looked to the Society for support with instrument loans etc.
Redmoor Academy has worked together with an expert from a manufacturer of weather instruments to improve their weather fieldwork and to learn about weather observations. At a science fair, they created a human weather station to demonstrate how it works to visiting primary students!
Reigate Grammar school students calibrate and maintain their Automatic Weather Station, which shares data globally through the WOW website. They have a weekly weather club which recently launched a weather balloon. One of their teachers has worked closely with the RMetS.
St. Mary Magdalene students have made fantastic use of their school weather instruments and weather station in conducting micro-climate investigations and learning about the weather and weather instruments.
At West Bridgford School, the weather is included in geography teaching with almost every year group and weather data is also used in science and maths lessons. In 2015, year 9 and 10 students measured the weather during the partial solar eclipse. Year 7 students record their weather observations on the WOW website.
One of the geography teachers at Ninestiles has been involved with the RMetS for several years, attending a weather subject knowledge day as a trainee teacher and then regularly borrowing weather instruments from the Society to improve the fieldwork opportunities for their students. He is also an active member of the Society’s virtual Education and Outreach committee. The school recently installed a weather station and is beginning to use it for teaching and enrichment.