Chris Barlow was a primary school teacher and Deputy Head teacher for eighteen years, as well as an advisory teacher for primary history for Lancashire County Council. Chris has worked at University of Cumbria for eighteen years and is a senior lecturer in primary education working mainly on the Primary Post Graduate teaching degree, for which he is also a personal tutor, Lancaster cohort leader, Being a Teacher module leader and leader of the Environmental and Experiential PG specialism. Chris is also the lead tutor for primary geography and works on the Blackpool Sea View School Direct teaching route. For the last two years Chris has also been the University of Cumbria’s lead tutor to support local schools develop an Eden Project North inspired Morecambe Bay Curriculum.

Qualifications and memberships

B Ed with Geography

PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Masters degree in Education


Creativity in primary geography

Outdoor learning

Current provision of primary geography and history

Place-based learning

New teacher values and attitudes

Development of The Morecambe Bay Curriculum

Academic and research interests

Creativity in primary geography and history

Current provision of primary geography and history

Completion of an MA in Education

Recent external roles

Becoming an external examiner is a main staff development point for 2012/13

Member of Geographical Association

Ex member of the Geographical Association’s Teacher Education Special Interest Group (4year role 2018 – 2022) and ex leader of a primary geography in higher education support group.

External examiner for the Primary Humanities Specialism at Plymouth University

External examiner for the primary 3 year degree at Hull university

External Examiner for the return to teaching course at The University of South Wales

External examiner for the Primary PG teaching course at Leicester University