Barry joined the Education Studies team at De Montfort University in 2003, after many years as a PGCE lecturer and Visiting Fellow at the School of Education University of Leicester and in the education department and School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University.
Apart from extensive university teaching and research at the three universities since 1970, he has also worked outside the university sector as a senior inspector with LEAs and with Ofsted, and as a consultant to inner city schools.
He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the social curriculum in schools (history, social sciences, sociology, anthropology, cross-curricular areas and citizenship) and has written many books and articles on this wide field since the 1970s. His most recent book in the field appeared in 2006 – Developing Citizens: A Comprehensive Introduction to Effective Citizenship Education in the Secondary School edited by Tony Breslin and Barry Dufour (Hodder Murray). It is now available as a POD (print-on-demand) publication. Most of the UK’s leading authorities on different aspects of citizenship contributed chapters and one of the central concepts, that of the ‘citizen-rich school’, has been adopted by several universities as a key teaching concept. The book was favourably endorsed by Lord Adonis and by the late Sir Bernard Crick, author of the seminal report for New Labour that led to the introduction of citizenship into the school National Curriculum in 2000.
Since 2004, he has been serving on the education committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), with the director, professors of anthropology, and sixth form teachers, designing the UK’s first A Level GCE in Anthropology. It became available in schools in the autumn of 2010, through the AQA examinations board. The committee is now designing textbooks and teaching materials. His work with the Committee is therefore now having a significant impact on many schools in England and Wales.