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Lesley Reid

(Former employee or visitor)


  • 1976: BA English Language and Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • 1977:PGDE (Primary), Dundee College of Education)
  • 1999: MA Education (Primary Education), Open University
  • 2005: EdD Doctorate in Education, University of Strathclyde. Thesis title: Embedding Formative Assessment in the Writing Curriculum

I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Edinburgh before qualifying as a primary teacher and working for 15 years in classrooms. I have taught at all stages of the Primary school (including nursery), in early secondary classrooms and in further education colleges. My teaching experience ranges across both state and independent schools, in the UK and overseas in the international school system. I became interested in curriculum development work while still teaching and undertook an Open University Masters in Education specialising in literacy and assessment issues in the Primary Curriculum. I moved into Teacher Education in 2001 as lecturer in the department of Childhood and Primary studies at the University of Strathclyde. I was a member of the Higher Education Institution Research and Development Group for The Assessment is for Learning Programme in Scotland for 6 years. While working at Strathclyde, I also undertook a professional doctorate, which brought together my interests in literacy education, assessment and teacher development. In 2005, I joined the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh and led the PGDE primary Programme for 7 years. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School and a senior lecturer. I was a research Fellow on the Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Learners, Learning and Teaching Network, working on a project investigating Teachers as Learners for 5 years.

Current Research Interests

  • Teacher Education and Development

  • The Primary Curriculum 

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