Dr Lorna Shires

M.Sc (Oxon); B.Ed (Hons); B.Phil.Ed (Hons) FHEA; FCCT

Senior Lecturer in Education

School of Education

Lorna Shires


I am responsible for Initial Teacher Education. I work with staff across the university and with schools to ensure the highest quality curriculum for and achievement by our student teachers.

Areas of expertise

My professional background is one of leading large, complex and urban schools. I have also been a school governor of both secondary and primary schools. My main practice interest is pedagogy and how teachers teach.

I am interested in educational policy and leadership, and very interested in tackling disadvantage through education. I was awarded Chartered Urban Leader status and I have coached many middle leaders who wish to be outstanding leaders in schools serving socio economically challenged areas.

I was responsible for developing in Oxfordshire a national programme that developed intensive family support to improve children’s behaviour and attainment at school.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught


  • Inclusive Pedagogy: Adaptive Teaching
  • Dissertation Supervision


  • An Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Key Issues in Learning and Teaching
  • Becoming an Early Career Teacher


  • MA Education


My research looks at the expertise of expert teachers through a cultural-historical perspective and so considers expertise; quality of teaching; teacher effectiveness, but also teacher development.

Research group membership

  • OSAT University of Oxford

Research grants and awards

  • BERA Curriculum Forum 2019

Research projects

  • Expert teaching: what matters to expert teachers?
  • Beginning Teaching: Relational Teaching