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Lisa Panford

Course Lead - PGCE Secondary Modern Languages
Senior Lecturer

About Research



Lisa Panford SFHEA is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of PGCE Secondary - Modern Languages programme. She is an active member of SMU’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team. Lisa’s group were awarded the St Henry Walpole Prize for Teaching & Learning 2021 for their innovative approach to promoting and strengthening Equality, Diversity & Inclusion work with PGCE students through the Diversity Café.

Lisa is a former Lead Practitioner with over 14 years of experience teaching languages (MFL) in London secondary schools. Her previous school leadership roles also include Professional Coordinating Mentor and Subject Mentor and Coach to teachers at all stages of their careers. She was also a Senior Examiner for GCSE Spanish with AQA awarding body and is currently working as a reviewer for Oxford University Press.

She completed her first degree at University College London, followed by a PGCE and MA in Bilingual Learners, both at the Institute of Education, University of London. In October 2022, she joins the SMU Doctoral School to begin a Professional Doctorate in Education. Her research draws upon her current experiences as a teacher-educator and previous experiences as an educator and a student of languages to highlight the complexities that People of Colour face in the languages classroom. Lisa is intentional about connecting theory to practice and the urgency of amplifying conversations around race and racism in order to realise the transformative potential of language education for all children in schools.


Research profile

Teaching/Learning Resources


  • Glowach, T, Mitchell, R, Bennett, T, Donaldson, L, Jefferson, J, Panford, L, Saleh, A, Smee, K, Wells-Dion, B, Hemmings, E (2022) Making spaces for collaborative action and learning: Reflections on teacher-led decolonising initiatives from a professional learning network in England. The Curriculum Journal BERA
  • Panford, L (2022) A Year in the Life of the ALL Decolonise Secondary MFL Curriculum Special Interest Group. Languages Today. Issue 41. Association for Language Learning.
  • Panford, L (2021) Race and Racism in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages ReflectED: St Mary’s Journal of Education ISSN 2046-6986 Volume 8, Number 1, May 2021, p. 1-12.
  • Panford, L (2021) Tackling Racial Bias in Secondary MFL. Languages Today. Issue 37. Association for Language Learning

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