[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_single_image image=”671″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”img-responsive”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”7/12″][vc_title title=”Children are our future, embrace their curiosity” title_align=”text-left” el_class=”NoPaddingTop”][vc_column_text]Helen is an award winning lecturer with an international reputation for her work on the outdoor teaching and learning environment. She is a passionate and inspirational teacher and a sought after keynote speaker. Helen’s publication in 1998 was a ground – breaking book on the early years outdoor environment, and has set a solid foundation and paved the way for this environment to be legitimised as a teaching space.

Her interest in the teaching and learning environment has always been at the forefront of her teaching and research, and this expertise has been transferred from working with young children as a teacher, to working with adults as a lecturer.

Helen has been researching the outdoor environment for the last 35 years. She

  • is the leading educational specialist in this area,
  • has written extensively on the issue, including seven books (the earliest being the first complete text on the subject since 1936); her first publication, a classic, now in its third edition, Outdoor Learning in the Early Years, Management and Innovation is a complete compendium for all who work with young children,
  • contributes to many other publications and journal articles on a wide range of topics.

Helen’s publications are:

  • grounded in good practice
  • thought provoking
  • full of ideas and resources
  • backed up with research
  • essential reading 
  • inspiring
  • straightforward

Complete list of publications

Helen has extensive experience in teaching all aspects of Early Years but she is most closely associated with the outdoor teaching and learning environment for young children.


She is:

  • an invited speaker to conferences across the UK and internationally and
  • acts as an adviser for schools and local authorities.

Get in touch with Helen

Helen ensures her work reflects the good practice that is going on in schools and settings across the globe.

Recently she has been researching into:

  • the place of playtime/recess/breaktime/lunchtime in schools.

Research projects

Helen is known for her passion and commitment to the learner, whether they be 3 or 53. Ultimately Helen wants learners to think and think objectively.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”BlueBgRow” css=”.vc_custom_1471885662814{background-color: #fcfcfc !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_title title=”Academic Positions” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_position el_class=”YellowWhiteBtnsDiv”][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Institute of Education University of Reading ” pos_title=”Professor of Outdoor Learning, Programme Director- Postgraduate Taught ” pos_start=”2017″ pos_end=”Present”][/vc_position_single][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Institute of Education University of Reading ” pos_title=”Programme Director PGCE Primary ” pos_start=”2007″ pos_end=”2013″][/vc_position_single][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Institute of Education University of Reading ” pos_title=”Programme Director Student Associate Scheme ” pos_start=”2003″ pos_end=”2006″][/vc_position_single][/vc_position][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_title title=”Education & Training” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_education el_class=”BlueBtnsDiv”][vc_education_single edu_title=”Early years: Teaching and learning in the outdoor environment ” edu_loc=”Institute of Education University of Reading ” edu_level=”PhD” edu_year=”2015″][vc_education_single edu_title=”MA Educational Studies ” edu_loc=”University of Surrey, Roehampton ” edu_level=”MA” edu_year=”1989″][vc_education_single edu_title=”BA Politics ” edu_loc=”University of Newcastle ” edu_level=”BA (Hons)” edu_year=”1979″][/vc_education][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1471947295691{background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_title title=”Awards ” title_tag=”title_h2″][vc_award el_class=”BlueBtnsDiv BlueBtnsDiv1″][vc_award_single award_title=”University Teaching Fellow ” award_date=”2015″][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://localhost/wp-faculty/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”Senior Fellow Higher Education Authority ” award_date=”2014 “][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_title=”University Teaching and Learning team award ” award_date=”2013 “][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://localhost/wp-faculty/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”National Teaching Fellow” award_date=”2012″]https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/person/helen-bilton[/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_title=”Early Career Teaching Fellow ” award_date=”2011″][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_title=”School Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning ” award_date=”2010″][/vc_award_single][/vc_award][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]