Elena Lengthorn


Senior Lecturer Teacher Education

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

email: e.lengthorn@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542151

Elena is the subject Lead. She teaches both geography and science education across the primary and secondary centres on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

She was awarded ‘Global Educator of the Year’ in 2016. Her research interests include Climate Emergency, Sustainable Futures, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and flood education. She has presented at BERA, Advance HE, RAISE and Geographical Association conferences, as well as having her work publishing by Discover Sustainability, the NAEE, the ASE and the Chartered College of Teaching. Elena’s 2021 Green Impact Projects, on primary and secondary ESD, were awarded Platinum and Gold Awards. She is Co-Chair of the Our Shared World network and an external examiner at Middlesex University, as well as a HEA fellow.

Elena began her career in higher education after 15 years in Secondary Education, where she worked in roles including Teacher of Science, Teacher of Geography, Eco-Schools Co-ordinator, Global Learning Programme Expert Centre Co-ordinator, Charities Co-ordinator and Associate Assistant Head Teacher, with responsibilities for SMSC and managing Business and ICT. 

Elena teaches both geography and science education across the primary and secondary centres on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is currently working on two L&T projects on ‘Embedding the SDGS in ITE’ and ‘Education at the Hereford Water Works’, as well as supporting a Flood Education Initiative in conjunction with Lancaster University, HWF&R, the Environment Agency and the Met Office.


  • BSc Geography
  • PGCE Secondary Geography
  • MSc Science Media Production
  • GTA Global teachers Award
  • SSAT GLP Lead Practitioner
  • CGeog (Teacher)

Teaching & Research


  • PITE 1004 Science
  • PITE 1007 Geography
  • PITE 3001 Professional Studies
  • PITE 3003 PRISS
  • PGCE Primary Science
  • PGCE Primary Geography
  • POED 1001 Science outdoors
  • PGCE Secondary Geography


  • Education for Sustainable Development 
  • Global Learning/Development Education 
  • Learning outside the classroom 
  • Professional Values 

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Geographical Association member


'Science Education and UN SDGs’ in Education in Science (Issue 274) Special Education for Sustainability Development Supplement. Published on Nov 26, 2018  

‘Localising the SDGs in ITE at the University of Worcester’ in Research in Action, a special issue from the Liverpool Hope University Faculty of Education. August 2018

'Getting to Grips with Sustainable Development Goals' in the Geographical Association's Primary Geography journal, Focus on Geography without limits. Number 92, Spring 2017

OXFAM blog: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/blogs/2017/06/the-glp-and-me, June 2017

‘The Global Goals’ in the Think Primary magazine, with Ben Ballin. Winter 2016. 

Paper ‘Eco-Schools the Golden Thread for ESDGC for TEESNET. Sept 2016. 


Seeing is Believing: Values in Geography Education,Geographical Association Conference, Manchester University April 2019

World’s Largest Lesson with an Earth Balloon and more…… , Geographical Association Conference, Manchester University April 2019

GA CPD Gapminder: Factfulness events, February 7th (Manchester) and March 23rd (London) 2019

The SDGs in Secondary Education in the West Midlands. TEESNET annual conference. Liverpool Hope University, Sept 2018. 

Ambitions of Factfulness in Teacher Education. Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), Aston University, May 2018,

Clean Air. Association for Science Education, Annual conference, Birmingham University. January 2019.

Teaching Global Science workshop. ASE conference, Reading University, Jan 2017 

Eco-Schools and Sustainability Global Teaching Conference, Liverpool World Centre, March 2017

Global Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals SSAT conference, Birmingham Convention Centre, Nov 2016 

Global Learning through a Science Lens workshop. GLP regional conference, Aston University, Oct 2016. 

Eco-Schools the Golden thread for ESDGC presentation. TEESNET annual conference. Sept 2016. 

Europe and Africa talking: young people on the global stage, workshop. 
Geographical Association Conference, Manchester University April 2016 

External Roles

  • Education Volunteer for Beacons Development Education Centre (DEC) 
  • Eco-Schools Mentor for Worcester County Council 
  • Teachers in Development Education (TIDE~global learning) Trustee
  • External Examiner for Middlesex University