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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.
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 2014 → 30 Jul 2017
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
26 Nov 2013 → …
External Examiner, St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
1 Sept 2013 → 30 Jul 2017
External Examiner, University of Malta
1 Dec 2012 → 31 Jul 2016
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- SoE Educational Futures Network
- Curriculum policy
- Teacher agency
- SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum
- Technology - Learning
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Smith, L. A., 2 Jun 2023, Teaching English , 32, p. 45-48 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Featured article (Specialist Publication)
Smith, L. A., 21 Apr 2023, Routledge. 170 p. (NATE Routledge)
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Responding to a cry in the wilderness: teachers’ perceptions of teaching the Apprentice of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and its impact on the signature pedagogies of EnglishSmith, L. A., 30 Jul 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Cambridge Journal of Education.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Lorna A Smith (Examiner)Sept 2015 → …
Activity: Examination types › External Examination and Supervision
Conversations in Creativity : Interpreting secondary English curriculum policy in England past and presentAuthor: Smith, L. A., 21 Jan 2021
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)File