Lorraine Smith BSc, PGCE, MA, EdD

Programme leader for secondary and further education teacher education

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Lorraine Smith

Programme leader for secondary and further education teacher education

Lorraine Smith is a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich.

Lorraine joined the University in 2013, teaching science on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Science courses.

After doing a PGCE course at Durham University she moved to Japan to teach English to a wide range of students before becoming coordinator and trainer for teaching and developing the under Five's English language curriculum. 

After returning to the UK she taught science in mainstream Secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, moving from teacher to subject leader to head of department during this time. She supported Continued Professional Development (CPD) in her department through Cascading Training from the Institute of Physics through their Teacher Network Scheme.

Lorraine's teaching interests include PGCE Secondary Science; Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 and 2; Professional Studies and teaching on the Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for science.

Posts held previously:

  • 2013-14, Senior Lecturer for Science Education, University of Greenwich
  • 2012-13, Supply Science teacher, A+ Teaching
  • 2005-12, Science teacher, Chiltern Hills Academy
  • 2004-05, Head of Department of Science, Sir William Ramsay School
  • 2003-05, Subject Leader, Sir William Ramsay School
  • 2000-05, Science teacher, Sir William Ramsay School
  • 1998-2000, NOVA English teacher, Toyohashi, Japan

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, Department of Secondary and Further Education, LLTE and PE and Sport.
  • A trustee of a local school and a member of the ASE and college of teaching.


  • 2000-present, Member of the Association of Science Education
  • External examiner for PGCE Science education at University of Portsmouth
  • Trustee for DSTC
  • Member of ASE

Research / Scholarly interests

Lorraine's research interests lie within Mentoring and Science Education. They are demonstrated in her subject theses on the mentoring and personalized learning within Secondary schools in England. Her Doctoral thesis: How can academic mentoring support personalised learning? And her Masters thesis: GCSE Mentoring.

Recent publications


Smith, Lorraine , Magaji, Adewale, Wragg, Jane, Coombes, Sam , Hornsby, Rosamund (2023), Decolonising the secondary initial teacher education curriculum in a university in England: a journey. The Literacy Research Development Centre, University of Greenwich - Institute for Work based Learning UK, Middlesex University. In: , , , . The Literacy Research Development Centre, University of Greenwich - Institute for Work based Learning UK, Middlesex University, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 9 (1) . pp. 48-56 ISSN: 2059-4976 (Print), 2059-4984 (Online) (doi: https://www.ijmcs-journal.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/SMITH-MAGAJI-WRAGG-COOMBES-HORNSBY-1.pdf).

Evans, Thomas , Burns, Calvin, Essex, Ryan, Finnerty, Gina , Hatton, Ella , Clements, Andrew , Breau, Genevieve Marie , Quinn, Francis , Elliott, Helen , Smith, Lorraine D. (2023), A systematic scoping review on the evidence behind debriefing practices for the wellbeing/emotional outcomes of healthcare workers. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14: 1078797 . pp. 1-10 1664-0640 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1078797).

Smith, Lorraine , Coombes, Samuel, Magaji, Adewale, Wragg, Jane , Hornsby, Rosamund (2022), We need to talk about… differentiation. Association for Science Education (ASE). In: , , , . Association for Science Education (ASE), ASE International Journal, 16 (7) . pp. 48-52 2515-110X (Online) (doi: https://www.ase.org.uk/resources/ase-international-journal/issue-16/we-need-talk-aboutdifferentiation-ld-smith-et-al) NB Item availability restricted.