Caroline Smart

Caroline Smart BSc (Hons), PGCE

Principal Lecturer


I am a Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE). Part of my role is to lead Secondary Initial Teacher Education for undergraduate and postgraduate study. My personal research interests relate to science education and the values of individuals new to the profession toward science pedagogies.


Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, I worked in secondary schools across our region, including Rotherham, Sheffield and Nottinghamshire. I taught science to students ranging from Y7-13, specialising in physics. Whilst working in secondary schools I was head of department and led science departments across the northern region of a multi-academy trust.

Since joining Sheffield Hallam University I have taught across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This has involved teaching science subject knowledge, science pedagogical knowledge and general education sessions. I was Course Leader for BSc Science Education with QTS prior to becoming Head of Area.

In my current role as Head of Area for Secondary Initial Teacher Education, I work closely with trainees, the secondary staff team, mentors in school and the wider partnership at Sheffield Hallam University. I continue to teach and support a range of trainees, delivering science specific sessions, science pedagogical sessions, visiting students on placement and offering support throughout their studies.


Sheffield Institute of Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Sheffield Institute of Education Secondary Science

BSc Science with Education and QTS
BSc Science Education with QTS
BSc Mathematics with Education and QTS
PGCE Secondary Science (Biology)
PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry)
PGCE Secondary Science (Physics)

Extending Physics
The Nature of Science and Industry
Practice in the Context of Learning and Teaching
Developing and Reflection on Professional Practice
Developing and Reflecting on Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Secondary Science


Currently completing my EdD focussing on initial teachers' values and beliefs towards enquiry-based teaching and learning in science.




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