Dr Lorna A Smith

PhD, BA(Bristol), PGCE (Cantab), MA(Bath Spa)

  • BS8 1JA

  • 35 Berkeley Square, School of Education

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Lorna's main research interest is the secondary English curriculum past and present, with a particular interest in policy in practice, creativity teacher agency. She was awarded the NATE Terry Furlonger Award for Research in 2020. Her most recent book Creativity in the English Curriculum: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions (2023) includes both archival research (exploring English policy documents from 1905 to the present) and discussion with practitioners in the field. Her projects with local ITE English colleagues include exploring the beliefs and practices of new teachers of English across time ('revisiting' a 2012 publication, Celebrating Creativity Collaboratively) and a UKLA-funded project on the texts commonly used in KS3 classrooms. 

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; she is co-investigator in a comparative project with colleagues in universities in Australia and Israel. She has evaluated and published on 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.

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.

Lorna is a former Chair of the Initial Teacher Education working group of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and currently convenes the BERA English in Education SIG. 


External positions

Chair, ITE Working Group, National Association for the Teaching of English

1 Jun 2120 → …

External Examiner, University of Exeter

30 Sept 2018 → …

Vice Chair, ITE committee, National Association for the Teaching of English

1 Apr 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Leicester

30 Sept 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Cambridge

1 Sept 201430 Jul 2017

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

26 Nov 2013 → …

External Examiner, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

1 Sept 201330 Jul 2017

External Examiner, University of Malta

1 Dec 201231 Jul 2016

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SoE Educational Futures Network
  • Curriculum policy
  • Teacher agency
  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum


  • English
  • Creativity
  • Hermeneutics
  • Technology - Learning


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