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Elena Lengthorn

Senior Lecturer Teacher Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542151


BSc Geography
PGCE Secondary Geography 
MSc Science Media Production 
GTA Global teachers Award 
SSAT GLP Lead Practitioner 
CGeog (Teacher)

Elena gained her BSc Geography at Brunel University, which she followed with postgraduate teacher education at Goldsmiths College, London. She later gained an MSc in Science Media Production from Imperial College, whilst working in Secondary science education in South East London. She became a Fellow and Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society in 2014 and was awarded the Think Global ‘Educator of the Year Award’ in 2016. 

Elena began her career in higher education after 15 years in Secondary Education, where she worked in roles including Teacher of Science, Teacher of Geography, Eco-Schools Co-ordinator, Global Learning Programme Expert Centre Co-ordinator, Charities Co-ordinator and Associate Assistant Head Teacher, with responsibilities for SMSC and managing Business and ICT. 

Elena teaches both geography and science education across the primary and secondary centres on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is currently working on two L&T projects on ‘Embedding the SDGS in ITE’ and ‘Education at the Hereford Water Works’, as well as supporting a Flood Education Initiative in conjunction with Lancaster University, HWF&R, the Environment Agency and the Met Office.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


PITE 1004 Science 

PITE 1007 Geography 

PITE 3001Professional Studies 


PGCE Primary Science 

PGCE Primary Geography 

POED 1001 Science outdoors 

PGCE Secondary Geography

Research Interests

Education for Sustainable Development 

Global Learning/Development Education 

Learning outside the classroom 

Professional Values 

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 

Geographical Association member



Paper ‘Eco-Schools the Golden Thread for ESDGC for TEESNET. Sept 2016. 

‘The Global Goals’ in the Think Primary magazine, with Ben Ballin. Winter 2016. 

'Getting to Grips with Sustainable Development Goals' in the Geographical Association's Primary Geography journal, Focus on Geography without limits. Number 92, Spring 2017 

OXFAM blog:, June 2017 

Europe and Africa talking: young people on the global stage, workshop.
Geographical Association Conference, Manchester University April 2016
Eco-Schools the Golden thread for ESDGC presentation. TEESNET annual conference. Sept 2016.
Global Learning through a Science Lens workshop. GLP regional conference, Aston University, Oct 2016.
Global Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals SSAT conference, Birmingham Convention Centre, Nov 2016
Teaching Global Science workshop. ASE conference, Reading University, Jan 2017
Eco-Schools and Sustainability Global Teaching Conference, Liverpool World Centre, March 2017

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Education Volunteer for Beacons Development Education Centre (DEC) 

Eco-Schools Mentor for Worcester County Council 

Teachers in Development Education (TIDE~global learning) Trustee