Dr Lorna Smith
PhD, BA(Bristol), PGCE (Cantab), MA(Bath Spa)
I lead the secondary English PGCE course. My research focuses on secondary English education policy, past and present, particularly the place of creativity within the curriculum.
Senior Lecturer in Education (PGCE English)School of Education
I am privileged to have led the English PGCE programme at Bristol since 2012. Before this, I led the PGCE at Bath Spa University (2006-12) and contributed to the PGCE at UWE (2002-6). Prior to taking up these academic roles and developing my research, I was a teacher of English (including a spell as Head of Department) and author of numerous publications for teachers and students. I run a popular Teachers as Writers group and I am currently Chair of the NATE ITE working group.
Lorna's main research interest is the secondary English curriculum past and present, with a particular interest in creativity and the impact of the latest national curriculum (2014) on creativity in the English classroom. Her work involves both archival research (exploring English policy documents from 1905 to the present) and discussion with practitioners in the field. She was awared the NATE Terry Furlonger Award for Research in 2020 and is currently writing a book, Conversations in Creativity: Creativity in the English Curriculum Past, Present and Future.
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, and is co-investigator in a comparative project with colleagues in universities in Australia and Israel. She is also evaluating the new Apprentice of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the perspective of teachers and students who experienced the first two years teaching and learning the qualification.
Lorna is Chair of the Initial Teacher Education working group of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE). She is also, together with local ITE colleagues, currently involved in two projects: one explores the beliefs and practices of new teachers of English in terms of creativity (reprising a 2012 publication, Celebrating Creativity Collaboratively), and the second is a UKLA-funded project on the texts commonly used in KS3 classrooms.
She is further 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 contributed to the development of Teachit's 'The Training Ground' as a resource for student and newly-qualified English teachers.
- E-pub ahead of print
- Conference paper
English in Education
‘We’re Not Building Worker Bees.’ What Has Happened to Creative Practice in England Since the Dartmouth Conference of 1966?
My primary role is to lead the PGCE English course. I also very much enjoy leading on the level 5 undergraduate unit, Curriculum Design for learning, and teaching on the Master's Creativity in the Curriculum unit. I supervise Master's dissertations and would welcome enquiries from doctoral students who are interested in researching in my field.