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Christine Holbrey

About Christine Holbrey

Christine is a senior lecturer working in Education and Initial Teacher Training. She joined the university in 2015 following an extensive career in secondary education as a geography teacher, senior leader and Headteacher.

As a senior leader in school Christine has driven curriculum innovations and improvements in the quality of teaching and learning as well as working closely with governing bodies and professional associations to secure financial efficacy and economic robustness.

Her passions, both as a practitioner, school leader and researcher, have focused on the continuum of professional development and supporting the development of teams of outstanding people who can deliver outstanding, relevant and engaging learning. She initiated a whole school teacher led research project to drive improvements in the standards of literacy as part of Cambridge Education and the GTC’s ‘Teacher Learning Academy’, providing directed time for staff to conduct their research and professional coaching support to colleagues.

Christine led the process of a school merger following local authority reorganisation and worked on a consultancy basis with schools in challenging circumstances and Ofsted category prior to her second headship, successfully supporting movement back to ‘good’. As a geographer she loves to travel and has undertaken behavioural research in Sri Lanka with the Smithsonian Institution of Primate Biology and worked with the Ugandan Government to support the implementation of a national physical education curriculum through "Connecting Classrooms" before moving to Leeds Beckett university.

During her first year at Leeds she designed modules for a new distance learning PGCE, took ownership of a new secondary PGCE geography course and established a rigorous and exciting humanities module at level 5 and 6 undergraduates. Christine has also successfully complete her PGCAP and gained fellowship of the HEA. Her assessment focussed on improving the educational experiences of traditional style lecturing through a game based approach to blended learning. Early evaluations have already indicated positive impacts on student motivation, engagement and concentration.

She is currently working with the undergraduate course team to support a more research informed and collegiate approach to assessment feedback and feedforward as well as taking the lead on the Ofsted QTS priority area, behaviour management, in preparation for the universities next inspection.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
    • L5 - Classroom Pedagogy and Practice in Humanities and Languages (Module leader)
    • L5 - Introducing Subject Specialism (Geography subject leader)
    • L6 - Professional Studies 3 (Module leader)
    • L6 - Becoming a Subject Specialist (Geography subject leader)
    • Dissertation Supervisor
  • Distance Learning PGCE
    • L7 – Developing subject competence (Module leader)
  • Secondary PGCE Geography
    • L7 – Secondary Geography Applied Pedagogy 1
    • L7 – Applied Pedagogy 2
  • Also
    • Personal tutoring for undergraduate and postgraduates
    • Link tutor for primary and secondary ITE school experience supporting school based mentors

Research Interests

Christine is currently working on a systematic literature review based upon social media in education as a result of the developmental work on the new online PGCE course. The outcomes of the research will impact on the teacher education and research communities in terms of innovation and improvement to both face to face and distance learning.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (6)

Chapters (1)

  • Holbrey C (2021) The de-humanising and re-humanising impact of Covid-19. In: Timmermas M; White E Being a teacher educator during the Covid-19 pandemic. Utrecht: HU University of Applied Sciences, pp. .

Internet publications (2)

Theses or dissertations (2)

  • 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.
  • Holbrey CE (1989) An investigation of peat lithology and its relationship to water discolouration at Shiny Brook in the Wessenden Valley. University of Huddersfield.
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