Chrissy works in the Carnegie School of Education. She is the L6 Primary 5-11 UG Level Leader and Geography Lead for UG and PG ITT courses, as well as leading a module on the distance learning PGCE course.
Chrissy spent 25 years as a secondary geography teacher and headteacher before moving into the higher education sector. She worked in a range of schools, having a particular passion for working in challenging environments and areas of high deprivation, where teaching was equally challenging but exceptionally rewarding.
She has experience of curriculum developments, behaviour management and assessment issues as well as extensive leadership experience, financial and human resource management skills.
At Leeds Beckett University she works on Teaching and Learning modules, Foundation Subjects and Geography specialisms at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. She also helps establish and develop the international distance learning PGCE and still leads the developing subject competence module.
- BA(Hons) Primary Education 5-11 with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- PGCE Secondary Geography
- Distance Learning PGCE
Her research interests are wide including work on integrating ICT to improve student engagement, pedagogical approaches to promote active learning and metacognition as well as using stories to develop subject knowledge. She is also an active member of the CollectivED Research Hub which focuses on coaching, mentoring and effective professional development.
She has also written about the impact of Covid-19 on Teacher Educators and supported the development of engaging and interactive courses using a range of remote learning platforms.
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- Teacher training
Linfield R; Holbrey C (2021) Lava or vinegar? How science models can create misconceptions. Primary Science, 167 pp. 10-11.
Holbrey C; Parkhurst L (2020) Can engaging teaching survive the knowledge revolution?. Teaching Geography, 45 (2), pp. 59-61.
Holbrey CE (2020) Kahoot! Using a game-based approach to blended learning to support effective learning environments and student engagement in traditional lecture theatres. Technology, Pedagogy and Education
Iredale A; Stapleford K; Sheridan-Ross J; Holbrey CE; Tremayne D; Farrell L (2019) A review and synthesis of the use of social media in Initial Teacher Education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education
Holbrey C (2019) Geography Initial Teacher Education in three days! The new PGCE ‘PE with’ Ebacc scheme. Teaching Geography, 44 (2), pp. 56-58.
Holbrey C (2018) Explosive storytelling. Primary Geography, Autumn 2018 (97),
Holbrey C (2020) The trials and tribulations of 'Social Distancing'!.
Holbrey C (2019) The new ‘PE wth’ Ebacc scheme: A positive step to support recruitment issues in priority subject areas or an insult to the profession?.
Holbrey CE (1996) An investigation into the nature and purpose of induction for newly qualified teachers through the perceptions of induction coordinators. University of York. [Master's Thesis].
Holbrey CE (1989) An investigation of peat lithology and its relationship to water discolouration at Shiny Brook in the Wessenden Valley. University of Huddersfield. [Undergraduate Dissertation].
Holbrey C (2021) The de-humanising and re-humanising impact of Covid-19. In: Timmermas M; White E ed. Being a teacher educator during the Covid-19 pandemic. Utrecht: HU University of Applied Sciences,