The Royal Meteorological Society and Met Office are delighted to announce this award to recognise excellence in weather and climate teaching, over and above the normal requirements of the National Curriculum or exam specifications.
Who can apply?
Any UK school – early years, primary, secondary or FE.
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) or share data publicly via a community or school website.
- Running a weather blog regularly for at least 3 months.
- Having some sort of ongoing connection with a STEM climate ambassador in connection with weather or climate related activities.
- Running a weather club, or doing weather or climate 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.
- Created a 3D model of the Central England Temperature record and used it in teaching.
- 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 or climate 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 or climate teaching over and above the normal requirements of the National Curriculum or exam specifications.
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 Royal Meteorological Society and 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).
- Masefield Primary School, Bolton
The Geography Enrichment group has had a lot of fun with weather activities this year, including identifying clouds and making and presenting weather reports. The school also takes students outside to do weather fieldwork.
- Kilmarnock Academy, East Ayrshire
Building on their 2022 MetMark, students at Kilmarnock Academy engage with local flooding adaptation measures, and were involved with East Ayrshire’s 2023 Climate Change Conference. They have also engaged with Eco Schools and Climate Action Week.
- Tanbridge House, West Sussex
Tanbridge House students benefitted from borrowing a KS3 instrument kit from the RMetS in 2023. In addition, students are continuing to maintain a weather diary.
- Outwood Primary Academy, Littleworth Grange
The teachers in this school imaginatively engage their students in creating, using and evaluation weather instruments and making and presenting weather forecasts. This information is shared with parents through the class twitter. In addition, weather is included in the school’s geography club.
- Danes Hill School, Surrey
Building on their previous MetMarks, the teachers and students at this school continue to use their school weather station extensively in geography and other lessons. The data from their weather station is shared through the WOW website. In addition, students use handheld instruments to carry out microclimate investigations in the school grounds.