MetMark – recognising excellent weather teaching

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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.
  • 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.
  • Some other evidence of excellent weather teaching.

Applications should be sent to education@rmets.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.

2017 Recipients

  • Lordswood Girls’ School, Birmingham
  • 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.

  • Danes Hill School, Surrey
  • 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.

  • Larbert High School, Stenhousemuir
  • 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.

2016 Recipients

  • Holy Trinity Primary School, Halifax
  • 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.

  • Down High School, Downpatrick
  • 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.

  • Robert Fitzroy Academy, Croydon
  • 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.

2015 Recipients

  • Maiden Erlegh School, Reading
  • 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, Hinckley
  • 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, Surrey
  • 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 Academy, London
  • 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.

  • West Bridgford School, Nottingham
  • 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.

  • Ninestiles School: An Academy, Birmingham
  • 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.