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Karen Smith

Karen Smith has over twenty years experience of work with children and young people in a variety of educational settings, having taught in both primary and secondary schools before becoming an adviser in PSHE Education, largely as a result of her work with Drug Education and Theatre in health projects.

Over the last 10 years she has worked extensively as an adviser, trainer and manager in a local and regional capacity, contributing work to the National Children’s Bureau, DrugScope, and QCDA. She was also a founding member of the PSHE Subject Association, following a secondment to the DfES as a Regional PSHE/CPD adviser.

Previously Karen was involved in the delivery of a number of national projects as a regional trainer for the Teacher Development Agency (TDA), working with various authorities, designing and delivering a range of support programmes and workshops with a leadership and management focus.

Karen has attended and spoken at a number of national and international events on young peoples risk taking behaviour with legal and illegal substances. She is currently supporting early substance misuse prevention, as well as developing school based CPD for strengthening Resilience within the curriculum. 

Karen as worked over the past year with the development of the Interface Schools’ vulnerable children audit, running an initial pilot with four inner city Primary schools.

Professional qualifications

Karen has a postgraduate certificate in education and a BA Joint Honours degree in Education and Drama.  She is also qualified to deliver and assess the Certificate of School Administration.