Ms Lorna A Smith

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

  • BS8 1JA


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Research interests

Lorna's main research interest, and the field for her doctoral studies, is the impact of the latest national curriculum (2014) on creativity in the English classroom. Using a hermeneutic paradigm, the thesis involves a review of English policy documents from 1905 to the present and interviews (colloquies) with practitioners in the field. She is further interested in the history of the subject English in schools. 

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 the Vice Chair of the Initial Teacher Education committee of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE). Together with local ITE colleagues, she is 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 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 contributed to the development of Teachit's 'The Training Ground' as a resource for student and newly-qualified English teachers.


External positions

External Examiner, University of Exeter

30 Sep 2018 → …

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

1 Apr 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Leicester

30 Sep 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Cambridge

1 Sep 201430 Jul 2017

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

1 Sep 201330 Jul 2017

External Examiner, University of Malta

1 Dec 201231 Jul 2016

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Touching Shakespeare

Smith, L. A. & Bennett, T.

1/05/12 → …

Project: Research

  • Research Output

  • Reflecting with my tribe: L1 educators writing together in hybrid professional learning communities

    Smith, L. & Wrigley, S., 26 Jul 2019, p. 1-10. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

    Open Access
  • 23 Downloads (Pure)

    The role of English in the conversation of humankind: humanism and creativity in Newbolt (1921) and the national curriculum (2014)

    Smith, L., 1 Sep 2019, In : English in Education. 53, 3, p. 253-265 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 3 External Examination and Supervision
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    50 years after Dartmouth

    Lorna A Smith (Participant)

    27 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    External examiner for PGCE English programme, University of Cambridge

    Lorna A Smith (Examiner)

    Sep 2015 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    External examiner for PGCE English programme, St Mary's University

    Lorna A Smith (Examiner)

    Sep 2014 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision