Tracey Smith

Head of Primary School Teacher Training

tracey.smith@buckingham.ac.uk

Tracey started working with the University of Buckingham in 2020 as head of Primary after completing her Masters in Education with us.

Before her current role, Tracey was a successful Headteacher of three primary schools in Oxfordshire, after teaching across all age groups as a Primary Teacher over many years. Tracey has also been a National Leader of Education, a Pupil Premium Reviewer and a School Improvement Consultant at Oxfordshire Local Authority. She was also a trainer for the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance.

Tracey is hoping to study for her Doctorate alongside her role as Head of Primary PGCE. Tracey is currently a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a Teacher Development Trust Associate, having researched and studied in great depth the importance of effective CPD both for this role and for her Masters dissertation. Other research interests include trauma-informed education, mentoring, values-based education, education for social justice, restorative practices, cultural capital and the importance of closing the word gap, where Tracey has worked closely with Oxford University Press.

Tracey’s aspiration is that all students engage with high quality evidence-informed practice in order to complete their training as competent and reflective teachers, life-long learners and with the ability to develop excellent relationships with their learners in order to bring out the very best in them.

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