Staff profile

Kim Makin-Smith

Lecturer in Education

Kim Makin-Smith teaching


Education, Childhood and SEND, Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



I teach across the Primary Initial Teacher Education programmes as well as International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE). I am part of the admissions team for the undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes. I am also a personal professional academic tutor for students across the undergraduate programmes.

Teaching responsibilities

As part of my wider roles and responsibilities as a Lecturer, I teach across several modules in BEd and MEd programmes as well teach on the International Postgraduate Certificate of Education (iPGCE). I also undertake school visits to assess practical teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training courses. 

As an ITE admissions Tutor, I assist in organising the admissions process for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for Primary Education with QTS.

Professional interests

I am passionate about being a life- long learner which drives my professional interests. My focus is guiding future educators to develop the whole-child and foster life-long skills in every learner, in an inclusive and relationship-focused environment.  

Research interests

My research interests include:


Experience in industry

I am an experienced educator and senior leader with a successful history of working in various education settings, ranging from key stage one to key stage four. I have had the privilege of being an acting head teacher as well as undertaking deputy head responsibilities for summative and formative assessment, the core curriculum and teacher CPD. My teaching experience stretches from inner city state schools to the independent sector, as well as international academic institutions.