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The qualities of a strong geography department

What are the characteristics of a quality geography department? Drawing on submissions from the most recent round of the Geography Quality Mark, Rebecca Kitchen offers some suggestions

It is 10 years since the Geographical Association launched the Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Marks and in that time more than 1,000 schools have benefited from this departmental, portfolio-based CPD.

I am fortunate to have experienced the Secondary Quality Mark process from both sides of the fence. As a head of geography my department achieved the award on three occasions and, in my current role, I have the opportunity to moderate and lead the award.

At the Geographical Association we have a vast evidence-base built-up over the last decade and the following characteristics appear time and time again in the very best submissions.

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