PGDE student receives Rex Walford Award

Photograph of Rhianne QuigleyFormer School of Education PGDE student, Rhianne Quigley, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Rex Walford Award. The Rex Walford Award is part of Young Geographer of the Year, a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to encourage pupils and newly qualified teachers to engage with geographical issues.

Rhianne completed her PGDE in the School of Education this summer. She is in her first year of teaching at Wales High School. Not only was this a brand new school year with all the lesson planning this entails, it also coincided with the start of her MA APSE course at the School of Education.

In answer to the question "What is the geography of your favourite place?" Rhianne created a scheme of work with five lessons, resources, detailed lesson plans and a thesis. The thesis justified her choice of favourite place and further explored the importance of place geography within KS3.

We are so proud that Rhianne chose to rise to this challenge and clearly her passion for teaching and her love of the subject were evident to the judges of the Rex Walford award.

On receiving the award, Rhianne commented, "I know that without the support of my university tutors, my geography department, my amazing classes and my ever reliable course friends, I wouldn’t have even thought about entering the Rex Walford award. They have guided me, inspired me, pushed me and made me the teacher I am today. I have a lot to thank them for and I hope the award is a reflection on their guidance."

We congratulate Rhianne on this wonderful achievement at the start of what we hope will be an incredible career in teaching.

Read Rhianne's reflexion on her experience of studying for her PGDE and on receiving the Rex Walford award in her blog in Student Matters.