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Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith Dip. Teaching, BA Hons, MA

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith
Dip. Teaching, BA Hons, MA

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education

Department of Primary Education

Faculty of Education & Health

Sarah Smith is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education at the University of Greenwich.

Sarah worked in a number of primary schools both in the UK and New Zealand before joining the university in 2007, as Senior Lecturer for English and Literacy.

Sarah has responsibility for planning, teaching and evaluating English and Literacy courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

As Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education leads the PGCE in Primary Education and the BA in Primary Education with QTS.  Her key areas of interest are  the use of film in writing, the teaching of poetry, and children's perceptions of what writing is.

Her key areas of interest is the use of film in writing, the teaching of poetry, and children's perceptions of what writing is.


Posts held previously:

  • 1999-2007, Senior teacher, St Katharine's CEP School Knockholt
    Responsible for English, Geography, History and Newly Qualified Teachers
    Class teacher Year 5 and 6
    Kent Leading literacy Teacher
  • 1997-99, Class teacher, Marian Vian Primary School
  • 1993-96, Year 8 teacher, English Lead, Glenfield Intermediate School, New Zealand
  • Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • The Primary English Lead for both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

Sarah's research work has been on the themes of 'Leading Poetry', with 10 subject leaders talking about poetry teaching in their schools' that led to a 'Poetry Champions' project, to model excellence in the teaching of poetry to a group of Partnership teachers who would then disseminate the work to colleagues.

Another project: 'Ways With Words' aimed at improving children's personal engagement, pleasure, skills and independence as writers, as well as teachers' confidence and expertise as teachers of writing.

Lambirth, A., Smith, S. and Steele, S. (2012). Poetry is happening but I don't exactly know how: Literacy Subject Leaders' perceptions of poetry in their primary schools. Literacy, Vol. 16, no.2, pp. 73-80.

Dymoke, S., Lambirth, A., and Wilson, A. (2013). Making Poetry Matter: International Research in Pedagogy. In: A. Lambirth, S. Smith, and S. Steele, eds., Responding to Children's Poetry, Chapter 9. London: Bloomsbury.

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