Sue taught in Cumbria and the Northeast for 17 years before joining the University in 2004 to lead the History Specialism as part of the undergraduate QTS course. She taught across the full 3- 11 years age range and as well as children with Speech and Language difficulties in a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). Sue was the Programme Leader for the BA Hons Primary and Early Years (3-11) with QTS degree, but has stepped back to the Deputy role.

Qualifications and memberships


Honorary Fellowship of the Historical Association July 2015

Academic and research interests

Subject Leadership - especially in History linked to my role as a Quality Mark Assessor for the Historical Association

Learning outside the classroom - in particular the use of museums, galleries and archives


Temple, S. and MacGregor, L. (2009) Challenging Preconceived Ideas in Rowley, C & Cooper, H. (Editors) Cross-curricular Approaches to Teaching and Learning London: Sage

Temple, S. (2014) Developing Interpretations of the Past in Cooper, H.(Ed) Writing History 7-11: Abingdon: Routledge

Temple, S. (2017) Using Archives Creatively in Teaching History Creatively 2nd Edition edited by Hilary Cooper London:Routledge

Regular contributor to 'Primary History' Journal (published by the Historical Association) (Summer 2008, Summer 2009, Autumn 2009, Summer 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Summer 2020)

Forrest, B & Temple, S. (2018) An Evaluation of the Quality Mark for History in Primary Schools in Education 3-13 Vol 46 Issue no 6 pp661-670 Abingdon: Taylor and Francis 

Temple, S. (2018) Castles: Distinguishing Fact and Fiction in the Early Years in Primary History issue no 80 Autumn 2018 pp 8-10 London: Historical Association 

Temple, S. & Graham, D. (2019Making the Most of a Census in Primary History issue no 83 Autumn 2019 pp44-48 London: Historical Association 

Collins Primary History Series – Key Stage 1 Pupil books: 

Temple, S. & Wilkinson, A. (2019) Significant Individuals London: Collins 

Temple, S. & Wilkinson, A. (2019) Changes Within Living Memory London: Collins 

Temple, S. & Wilkinson, A. (2019) Events Beyond Living Memory London: Collins 

Temple, S. & Wilkinson, A. (2019) Teacher’s Guide  London: Collins 

Temple, S (2020) Teaching the Romans in Britain: a study focussing on Hadrian’s Wall in Primary History issue 85 Summer 2020 pp42-45 London:Historical Association 

Doull, K. Bracey, P. Temple, S. et al (2022) Making the Most of Museum Visits summer resource London: Historical Association

Recent external roles

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Spring 2014 - present   Quality Mark Assessor for the Historical Association

Jan 2009 - present Member of Historical Association National Primary Committee

Spring 2014- present - leading CPD work with schools and museums 

Autumn 2013 Editorial team member of Primary History Journal

Editorial team member of the International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research

 Nov 2007-present Education Representative for CONNECT Cumbria - group of Education Officers for local Museums, Libraries and Archive Offices 

August 2015 - August 2021 Chair of Governors Nelson Thomlinson School (Ofsted - outstanding)

Spring/Summer 2022 - National Archives Teaching the Voices of the Victorian Poor Project