Sarah Smith Dip. Teaching, BA Hons, MA

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education

Key details

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education


Sarah Smith is an Associate Professor 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, she leads the PGCE in Primary Education and the BA in Primary Education with QTS.  Her key areas of interest are digital literacy, poetry and children’s writing.

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

Responsibilities within the university

  • Associate Professor and Programme Leader for Primary Initial Teacher Education
  • Assessment Portfolio Lead
  • Primary Phase Lead

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

Recent publications

Article

Gibson, Poppy Francis and , Smith, Sarah (2018), Digital literacies: preparing pupils and students for their information journey in the twenty-first century. Emerald. In: , , , . Emerald, Information and Learning Science, 119 (12) . pp. 733-742 ISSN: 2398-5348 (Print), 2398-5348 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-07-2018-0059).

Book section

Reynolds, Deborah , Smith, Sarah, Vallely, Kat (2021), Empowering communication through speaking, reading and writing. Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group. In: , , In: Poppy Gibson, Roger McDonald (eds.), Inspiring Primary Learners. Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, London , 1 (1st Ed) . pp. 5-24 . ISBN: 9780367110659 ; 9780429024597 (doi: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429024597-3/empowering-communication-speaking-reading-writing-deborah-reynolds-sarah-smith-kat-vallely).

Conference proceedings

Smith, Sarah and , (2021), We need to talk about digital literacy. UK Literacy Association (UKLA). In: We Need to Talk about Literacy - why spoken language matters in literacy learning and teaching, 2nd - 4th July 2021, Online , UKLA UK Literacy Association 56th International Conference. UK Literacy Association (UKLA), Oxford, UK (1st) . pp. 34-34 (doi: https://ukla.org/wp-content/uploads/UKLA-International-Conference-Brochure-2021.pdf).