About Digimap for Schools

Digimap for Schools is an award winning online mapping service for use by teachers and pupils. Established in 2010 by EDINA, in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, the service is designed exclusively for schools, and today is used in almost 3,000 British secondary and primary schools and a growing number of international schools. With an intuitive interface, easy to understand tools and instructions, and no download or new software installation required, a teacher or a pupil can easily understand and start to use the service as soon as they log on.

Digimap for Schools supports cross-curricula teaching of geography, maths, literacy, and history and also enables teachers and pupils to gain critical digital and data skills.

The service is designed for use by children as young as 5, and up to 16 years. Teachers and pupils can customise maps to tell a story - by adding pictures, graphs or climate information to support creative, engaging and interactive teaching and learning.

One login, accessible from anywhere on any device. Unlimited use at school and home for students, teachers and parents.

Map Collections

The service provides easy access to a range of current and historical maps and aerial photography, all of which can be annotated, searched, measured and personalised.

Ordnance Survey: Includes the most detailed mapping available for Great Britain, OS MasterMap, as well as digital versions of paper maps, the Landranger and Explorer series, and street level maps showing street names and road-atlas style maps.

Historical maps of the 1890s and 1950’s are provided courtesy of the National Library of Scotland, with a special function that enables the viewer to transit from historic to current, encouraging pupils to relate the past to the contemporary.

Contemporary aerial photography is provided by Getmapping, assisting pupils to progress from recognising images of places, to understanding and interpreting conventional mapping schemes. Access to the Geograph image library, allows pupils to select from half a million images to personalise and develop narratives about places.

The international perspective is illustrated using Collins Bartholomew World Panorama world reference map, which shows international boundaries and disputed territories for all countries in the world. Additional information from Open Street Map augments the global illustration.

Functions & Tools

Search tools include postcode, place name or national grid reference and maps can be moved to centre on any chosen location. Map keys are available for each scale map to explain the symbols used within the map. The pupil can interpret their map using drawing and measuring tools, and overlay postcodes, place names and meridians.

Maps can be printed as PDF files at A3 or A4 size and in landscape or portrait orientation and can include user defined customisations.

As well continual improvements to the service, informed by customer feedback, teachers and pupils also have access to a regular blog update, online training webinars, training support and British curricula aligned learning materials


I took part in the introduction to Digimaps webinar as well as the OS one yesterday. Both were extremely helpful and have given me lots of ideas for engaging children and boosting their enthusiasm for geography. The pace was good and the additional resources were easily accessible and relevant . As well as the above, it opened my eyes to the huge number of opportunities for cross-curricular learning using Digimap.
User friendly, up-to-date convenient mapping.
I think that it is a really flexible resource and has cross curricular use, far more than just maps.
It's great fun - even our governors love it!
A flexible resource which can be tailored to your own location, interests and curriculum.
I think it is easy to use and produces clear and easy to use maps. The key advantage of this product is the printable maps.
It is easy to use and is pupil friendly. Pupils quickly got the hang of it and were producing a range of maps on which to base their work.
Superb value for money.
It enables teachers to teach specific skills easily and allows the children to develop their own personal geographies via map work and journey enquiries.
It allows easy access to maps at a wide range of different scales. The maps have proved to be very useful in teaching about many different geographical topics. We have used the maps extensively as part of the GCSE Controlled Assessment.
Very efficient method of getting access to detailed maps, particularly useful for fieldwork.
It is extremely useful for planning fieldwork and producing base maps it is a quick and easy way to access up to date maps - also very useful to be able to zoom in to see more detail as required.
Incredibly useful in all areas of mapwork with pupils helping them to engage with and enjoy geography within school.