Helen Jones


Institute of Education

Through my work as curriculum development leader at a large urban primary school, my passion for ensuring children had greater opportunities for learning outdoors became integral to the school vision for a bespoke curriculum. ‘On Your Doorstep’ became a concept for teachers to plan learning projects within the school community such as: visiting residents in the nursing home, carrying out fieldwork at the local nature reserve, sketching the mill factories and volunteering at the local foodbank.

Observing the value of this curriculum development and witnessing the increased enjoyment of learning in both children and their teachers, led me to embark on my Masters Degree in Education and Social Justice. My studies have included examining key issues and theories in social justice and education with the submission of a short research paper: ‘To Bee or not to Bee: The Study of a School Bee Apiary and its Impact on Child Well-being, Learning & Enjoyment’ and more recently my dissertation research project titled: ‘Less Sitting Indoors Please: Making Room for Nature-based Learning and Outdoor Education Within a Crowded Curriculum’.

My participation in writing a monograph series for the Charlotte Mason Centenary Celebrations at the University of Cumbria in 2023, brings together my expertise across RE, English and Outdoor Learning. I continue to examine and challenge aspects of current pedagogies within these themes and advocate for continued and sustained appreciation for nature-based learning and environmental education within the primary curriculum. 

Professional memberships and activities

BERA Member

Institute for Outdoor Learning Member

Volunteer with Green Lancaster-ECO Hub

The Ramblers Association

The Wildlife Trust

Academic qualifications

MA Education and Social Justice. Lancaster University

BA (hons) with QTS. University of Cumbria

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.


English Pedagogy & Children’s Literature in the Primary Curriculum

Religious Education & Social Justice within Education

Curriculum Innovation

Outdoor Learning

Research interests

Outdoor Learning

Nature-based Learning for Child Well-Being

Environment and Sustainability Education

Enterprise and commercial interests

In 2019, I led a national Conference in collaboration with Independent Thinking Associates entitled: Bringing the Curriculum to Life which focused on developing greater experiential learning opportunities within the primary curriculum.


PGCE: Science & RE

UG: English, Music, History, RE, PSHE


Chalcraft. D, Elton-Chalcraft. S, Ackroyd. R, Jones. H, (2023) Reading Charlotte Mason’s The Saviour of the World in Past & Present Contexts- Biblical Studies in the Classroom. Charlotte Mason Institute. 

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021