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Lisa Panford

Course Lead - PGCE Secondary Modern Languages
Senior Lecturer

About Research



Lisa Panford is a Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader of PGCE Secondary - Modern Languages. She is a proud member of SMU’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team.

Lisa is a former Lead Practitioner with over 14 years’ experience teaching languages (MFL) in London secondary schools. Her previous leadership roles also include: Professional Coordinating Mentor, Subject Mentor and Coach to teachers at all stages of their careers.

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.

Lisa is an Association for Language Learning (ALL) Council member and founding co-chair of the ALL Decolonise Secondary MFL Special Interest Group. She is a member of Council at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) (School of Advanced Study, University of London). Lisa is a Member of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Lisa believes in the transformative potential of languages education for all young people. She is excited to be working with trainee and experienced teachers to revisit and analyse issues relating to race, culture and ethnicity with the shared aim of mobilising pedagogical advancements needed in our subject. Lisa is passionate about amplifying conversations around diverse representation for a positive impact on our young people in schools


Research profile

ReflectED: St Mary’s Journal of Education Volume 8, Number 1, May 2021, p. 1-12.

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