Mr Marc Smale

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 2879 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: ICT to support and enhance teaching and learning, Enhancing the transition from FE to HE; improving first year experiences at HE.


A teacher educator and key Primary Team ICT advisor and mathematics tutor. I lead on ICT and mathematics modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate primary teaching courses leading to QTS at the University of Wolverhampton.

Since becoming a Teacher Educator in September 2005 my research interests have focussed on innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. I have worked with colleagues and led research into an e-version Record of Professional Development (RoPD) for primary teacher trainees and partnership primary schools exploiting the use of ubiquitous technologies, presenting his work and both national and international conferences. Current research continues to be focussed on e-learning and innovative use of technology to support and enhance learning and teaching.

I am Year 1 Lead Tutor and so am researching into how best to support the transition of new applicants onto the primary courses we offer. This research has led to providing a bespoke induction course for new applicants and work towards providing online support forums to meet their needs.

Prior to becoming a senior lecturer, Marc worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher of ICT and mathematics and taught in primary schools for eleven years. It was his undergraduate degree in electronic engineering that motivated his interests in computing and communication technology within schools and therefore has a passion for the current Computing curriculum.

Research interests

  • ICT to support and enhance teaching and learning
  • Enhancing the transition from FE to HE; improving first year experiences at HE.


  • Masters of Education (Higher Education) 2010
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2007 (with distinction)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Education, 1994
  • B.Eng (Hons), Electronic Engineering, Class 2:1, 1992
  • NVQ Level 4 Engineering Manufacture (Technician Engineer), 1991
  • BTEC HND Electronics and Communication Engineering, 1991
  • A-Level Mathematics, Physics and Art, 1989
  • GCE O-Level x 8 subjects, 1987


  • 2014-15 Roving Reporter Project: publication of support material including NC 2014 lesson plans targeting primary school children to aspire to a University education.
  • Heath, R., Smale, M. & Weatherhead, S. (2008), "An investigation into the implementation of using an ePortfolio as a record of professional development for initial teacher trainees". In Jackson, B. Innovations and Development in Initial Teacher Education, The Higher Education Academy, Cumbria, pp.30-38.

Previous professional experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton, Sept 2004–2005
  • Advanced Skills Teacher, Yew Tree Primary School, Solihull, Sept 2000 – Aug 2005
  • Primary School Teacher: Yew Tree Primary School (Sept 1994-1998 & Sept 2000-2005); Coppice Junior School (Sept 1998-2000)
  • Student, Bath College of Higher Education, Sept 1993 – July 1994
  • Sponsored Student, Coventry University/GPT Marconi Electronics.