Clarrie Smith


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Clarrie is interim Deputy Head of School for Children, Young People and Families within the Institute of Childhood and Education. She teaches and lead the programmes for the Foundation Degrees and Professional Practice (level 6 top up), which are work based pathways to gaining a degree. These programmes are also franchised to Barnsley College, where Clarrie is an academic link for the partnership. Having undertaken a degree in early childhood studies, Clarrie has also completed a MA in early childhood education, EYP, PGCE and an Educational Doctorate from the University of Sheffield. Clarrie is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently Clarrie is engaged in research regarding awareness of children, young people and tinnitus amongst Educational Professionals, which is in collaboration with Dr James Jackson a Reader in Psychology at Leeds Trinity University.

Before joining Leeds Trinity University in 2015 Clarrie held a number of positions within early educational settings. She worked as a Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice. Clarrie has also worked in Australia supporting the implementation of a new Australian early years curriculum. Clarrie worked as an Early Years Consultant in which she had the responsibility to support the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with Bolton Local Authorities Early Years and childcare team. This involved working with private, voluntary and independent settings, especially those with provisions for children from birth to 3 years old.

Research interests

Clarrie has research areas in creative methodologies and enabling environments for young children. For Clarrie creative methodologies involves using multimodal approaches during research, such as learning walks, photography or models to support dialogue and discussion. Enabling environments for young children means creating child focused enabling environments that are developmental appropriate.  Current research involves exploring educational professional’s understanding of Tinnitus (aka ringing in the ears) and how educational environments are considered for the impact sound.

Her educational doctorate in early childhood education focused on 'illustrating career stories lived early childhood professionals.'  This research examined the concepts of professional identity, professional vulnerability, and career terminology in modern work. The study includes approaches involving creative methodologies using a poststructural/ new materialist lens, especially when involving the practitioners of young children.

Teaching and Administration

Clarrie is the Programme Leader for the Foundation Degrees and Professional Practice (level 6), and the academic link for Barnsley College and the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network.


Clarrie teaches a variety of modules. These modules are:

  • Early years professionalisation, including Early Childhood Gradauate Practitioner Competencies.

  • Reflective practice 

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA23 - Education


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    Smith, C. (Examiner)

    11 Mar 2024

    Activity: Examination, supervision and reviewApproval / review of undergraduate / non-research provision at external institution

  • External Examiner

    Smith, C. (Examiner)

    1 Oct 202330 Sept 2027

    Activity: Examination, supervision and reviewExternal examination (non-research degrees)

  • MA childhood and youth studies

    Smith, C. (Examiner)

    1 Sept 20201 Aug 2023

    Activity: Examination, supervision and reviewExternal examination (non-research degrees)

  • BA Hons External Examiner

    Smith, C. (Examiner)

    Oct 2019Oct 2023

    Activity: Examination, supervision and reviewExternal examination (non-research degrees)