Department of Education


Geography Fellow wins Royal Geographical Society award

Claire Power teaching at Millais School, Horsham, West Sussex

Millais School geography teacher and Education Associate Fellow, Claire Power, has been awarded a prestigious Ordnance Survey Award for excellence in secondary education by the Royal Geographical Society’s Council.

Claire has taught on the Department of Education’s Geography PGCE since September 2016, but has been closely affiliated with the Department since completing her own initial teacher education at the University in 2012.

Claire was nominated for the award by Senior Teaching Fellow and Lead Geography Tutor (University of Sussex), Dr Rob Rosenthal, Professor Tony Binns of Otago University, New Zealand (formerly University of Sussex) and Alan Kinder, Chief Executive of the Geographical Association.

Explaining why they nominated Claire for the award, Dr Rosenthal said:

“Claire inspires children to love geography and achieve exceptional results. She has supported other geography teachers across West Sussex by building the regional subject network and I am delighted that our partner school, Millais, has released her to be part of the University of Sussex’s Initial Teacher Education team where she can also inspire the next generation of Sussex geography teachers.”

Speaking of her win, Claire said:

“I am extremely grateful to be given this award. It is such a great honour to have my work recognised and I look forward to continuing to enthuse young people in geography, and working with RGS-IBG in the future.

"I would like to thank Dr Robert Rosenthal for inspiring and constantly encouraging me in my work, my school for always providing me with opportunities to develop my practice, and my partner Joe for supporting me through my teaching career.”

Since 1832, the Royal Geographical Society’s medals and awards have recognised extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography and public engagement. Neil Armstrong, Sir David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Simon King, Neil Oliver, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern and Professor Edward O Wilson are among the more well-known recipients of RGS awards.

Claire will collect her award at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington Gore on 5 June.

Millais School is in Horsham, West Sussex.

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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2017