Marion Hobbs

Name: Marion Hobbs
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


2017 – present      School Direct Cluster Lead
2013 – 2017            PGCE Part Time Year Leader
2010 – 2016            PGCE Year Leader
2005 – 2007            Primary Partnership Co-ordinator
2004 – present       Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Geography)


MA Education (Lancaster University) 2008
PGCE Primary Education (Leeds University) 1988
BA (Hons) Geography (Manchester University) 1986


Marion is interested in the mentoring of newly qualified teachers using models of mentoring practice, focus on the factors that promote good mentoring and the relationship between engagement of host schools with mentor training, development and enhancement opportunities and trainee support on school placement.

She has also been involved in a TDA funded Partnership Development Schools project with both primary and secondary school partners. The project entitled ‘Technician or Professional’ aimed to produce guidelines for schools to support them in enabling trainees to take a creative approach to planning and teaching during assessed school placements.

Marion is interested in how social and radical constructivist theories of learning can contribute to successful learning focusing particularly on the Humanities Curriculum including policy analysis to consider the role of a school curriculum in promoting social justice.

She has undertaken personal research into cultural curriculum and the development of cultural capital, creative curriculum, learning outside the classroom, creative partnerships and how these are reflected in school curriculum and reflecting on how these could support a socially just curriculum model.

She has worked with colleagues proposing to consider the benefits to trainee teachers when exposed to cultural education initiatives and also with Colleague undertaking case studies of Schools considering how Learning outside the Classroom (LOTC) contributes to individual achievement and whole school success.

Research Groups

  • Leadership Research Group
  • ERAS
  • Learning Outside the Classroom Research group


Chapters in books
Marion Hobbs (2015) Geography, in Webster, M. and Misra, S. (Ed) Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects, Open University Press, Maidenhead United Kingdom.
Journal articles
Marion Hobbs, Ian Shirley (2010) The Sights and Sounds of the Everyday, Primary Music Today, 14(44)6-9,
Other works
Hobbs, M. (2010) Review of Alternative Assessment Reviews, TTRB online resource.
Hobbs, M. (2010) Review of Research and Development in SEN Teachers TV resource, TTRB online resource
Hobbs, M, (2009) Review of the School Lives of Children with a Spinal Cord Injury, TTRB online resource.

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise

Cluster Lead- Eatock School Direct Partnership.
Admissions Tutor
Development of Beach School Hub (Autumn 2018)
Edge Hill Green Week proposal (Spring 2018)
Working group for LOTC Quality mark


Geography and PE Co-ordinator
Eco Schools Leader
Healthy Schools/Walk to school Leader
Consultant LA – Eco Bus Initiative
Economic Awareness Manager


Member of Geographical Association