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Ms Lorna Smith

Ms Lorna Smith

Ms Lorna Smith
BA(Bristol), PGCE (Cantab), MA(Bath Spa)

Senior Lecturer in Education (PGCE English)

Office 2.20
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4100


Lorna's main current research interest, and the field for her doctoral studies, is the impact of the latest national curriculum (2014) on creativity in the English classroom.  

She is also interested in technology enhanced learning, particularly the contribution that ICT can make to an English classroom. She was Chair of the NATE ICT committee (Sept 2006 - Sept 2009), during which time the Entitlement to ICT in Secondary English was updated, and has worked with NATE and BECTA to produce advisory policy papers. She writes regularly for NATE's 'Classroom' magazine, often on ICT-related topics, and developed Teachit's 'The Training Ground' as a resource for student and newly-qualified English teachers.

Other current projects include 'Touching Shakespeare', a RED-funded project to develop an app for the teaching of Shakespeare's plays; and an oracy project, Talking Together, Learning Together in local schools in collaboration with UWE and the University of Cambridge.

Lorna launched a successful local Teachers as Writers group in 2013 as part of the National Writing Project, which seeks to explore the impact of teachers' writing on their work with children in the classroom.


Lorna came to the University from Bath Spa University, where she led the PGCE English progamme for six years (2006-12) and, additionally, the secondary Professional Studies programme for the latter four years. She was also involved in BSU's CPD programme as a tutor to middle-management teachers working towards their Master's degree.

Prior to that, she contributed to the initial teacher education programme at the University of the West of England (2002-2006) and taught in a highly successful 11-18 school in South Gloucestershire (1990-2000), including a spell as acting Head of Faculty.

She has published a range of teaching and learning resources for use by teachers and students studying secondary English from key stage 3 to A level.

Lorna is the External Examiner for the PGCE at the University of Cambridge (2014-) and University of Malta (2013-). She has previously been an external examiner on the SD PGCE at St Mary's University (2013-14) and the PGCE and BAAED programmes at the University of Sussex (2010-11) and Newman University (2009-12).


  • English literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • children's writing
  • ICT and learning
  • ICT in schools


  • National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)



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