Why Broadway Academy was shortlisted for the BMC Award

Since taking over as Head of Department in September 2019, Jack Cockayne redesigned the curriculum to ensure that it gave students the best start in life as a geographer. His departmental vision was to inspire students, colleagues and the community to develop geographical thinking and work towards global change on 21st century geographical issues.

The subject of geography has been entirely re-invented at the school to incorporate the Broadway Geographical Society (BGS), which was set up to engage and benefit learners inside and outside the classroom.Lessons are more challenging, ensuring every child is given access to the full breadth of the curriculum, and assessments are now seen as a ‘celebration of success’.

More 21 st century topics are introduced in KS3, such as species identification, colonialism and global commons. Geopolitics and economics are covered at A level. Fieldwork and careers education are also embedded into the curriculum and extra-curricular mastery lessons are taught to stretch and inspire the most able students.

For this curriculum update be successful, a more developed professional development plan has been created for the academy’s geography teachers, ensuring they are true subject experts and remain up-to-date with the latest geography research and pedagogy.

As a result of these changes,students have flourished, with recorded improvements in engagement, behaviour and results. Students are excited about geography and show their enthusiasm through a love of learning.

Since this departmental transformation, extra-curricular opportunities have included a fieldtrip to Cambridge eco-cathedral, an emergency planning seminar at the University of Wolverhampton, Carding Mill valley fieldwork and the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Two students were finalists in national competitions; Wildlife Trust’s ‘environmentalist of the year’ award and Action for Conservation, where one student now stands as an ambassador.