John Parkin

Senior Lecturer Practitioner, Primary Education

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

John has expertise in primary education, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage. John has experience of teaching and leading in primary schools.


John is an experienced primary teacher and school leader who has been working in education for over 15 years. He has taught across a range of different primary year groups, but most of his experience has been teaching Reception-age children. John has taught in range of schools both in the UK and in Egypt.

In addition to a breadth of teaching expertise, he is an experienced school leader and was the Assistant Head Teacher of an outstanding infant school in Surrey. As a school leader, John has experience of developing an innovative curriculum, supporting the professional development of primary staff and being a Designated Safeguarding Lead. He has also led computing, sports, science and global links in schools.

In addition to working at Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer, John works as a primary school teacher in a Cambridgeshire primary school where he leads computing across the school.


  • BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies (Perspectives on the Child 1, Subject Knowledge for Teaching English / Maths 1 and Subject Knowledge for Teaching Science / Technology 2.)


  • BSc (Hons) Genetics, Newcastle University
  • PGCE Primary Education, Urban Learning Foundation
  • MA New Literacies, University of Sheffield