Steve Illingworth

Name: Steve Illingworth
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: PGCE History Course Leader
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


2015 – present     Course Leader, Edge Hill University
Steve taught history for 18 years in four different schools in North West England, and was  Head of history for 11 years.


  • BA
  • PGCE


  • Lecturer at Edge Hill University
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Local Authority Consultant
  • Freelance Consultant

Interests and Achievements:


  • History
  • Cricket
  • Football


  • Success at making History a popular option subject when Head of History in two schools
  • Publications in journals and school textbooks


Research Interests:

  • Links between historical sites and secondary school history
  • First World War and its aftermath

Research Groups:

  • Edge Hill University cross-faculty research group on Lancashire Monasticism

Professional Development/Enhancement:

Achieved D2 fellowship of Higher Education Academy in 2017

Published work:


  • Janet Langridge and Steve Illingworth (1995) Expansion, Trade and Industry,
  • Janet Langridge and Steve Illingworth (1995) The Twentieth Century World,
  • Janet Langridge and Steve Illingworth (1996) Medieval Realms,

Chapters in Books

Journal Articles:

  • Steve Illingworth and Emma Manners (2017) ‘Using sites for insights’, in Teaching History, Volume 168
  • Steve Illingworth and Lynette Cawthra (2016) ‘Acting out the archives’ in Group for Education in Museums Case Studies
  • Steve Illingworth (2012) ‘Room for innovation: creating creative learning spaces’ in Curriculum Briefing
  • Steve Illingworth (2011) ‘Peer assistance: encouraging learners to learn from each other’ in Curriculum Management Update
  • Steve Illingworth (2010) ‘From Splendid Isolation to Productive Alliances’, in Teaching History, Volume 138
  • Steve Illingworth (2000) ‘Hearts, Minds and Souls: Exploring Values Through History’, in Teaching History, Volume 100

Other Works:

  • Paula Allen and Steve Illingworth (2007) ‘Could do better’ in Times Educational Supplement
  • Steve Illingworth (2001) ‘Meet them half way’ in Times Educational Supplement

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise:

Conference Presentations:

  • Historical Association Conference in 2013, 2017 and 2018
  • School History Project Conference every year (except 2001 and 2011) from 2000 to 2012
  • Northern History Forum in 2016 and 2017
  • National Assessment Conferences in 2011 and 2013
  • National Conference on Free School Meals Achievement in 2011

External Collaborations/Partnership Activity:

  • Joint project with Fountains Abbey on using historical sites to support new GCSE history courses, from 2016 to present
  • Mutual support work with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Heritage Centre

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