Louise Beattie

PGCE Secondary English Lead

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

email: l.beattie@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855045

Louise was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Secondary English in September 2013. She has twenty years of working in a range of secondary schools in a variety of roles. She has worked at Head of Department level and more recently spent ten years working as an English Adviser in a local authority. This afforded her the opportunity of working in a wide array of secondary schools, special schools and primary schools.

She has worked with English teachers on improving teaching, learning and rates of pupil progress. Some particular areas of interest are; the use of drama in the English classroom and the explicit teaching of speaking and listening.

As well as working with English departments, she also has much experience working across the curriculum on literacy and assessment for learning; looking particularly at how the two are intertwined. This has allowed her insight into the significance of strong pedagogy which underpins a successful curriculum and has fuelled her desire to work with trainees on the Post Graduate route in Education.

Most recently, she has enjoyed working with colleagues in KS2 at primary schools and supporting primary and secondary teachers in fostering closer network relationships to improve teaching and learning.


  • HEA Fellow
  • MA in Leadership and Management in Education
  • PGCE in Secondary English

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • The impact of drama strategies in English lessons
  • Teaching of speaking and listening and its links to writing
  • How the literacy of subjects is taught in secondary schools and its potential impact
  • How explicit teacher commentary can enhance learning

Research Interests

  • Teaching reading
  • The teaching of speaking and listening
  • Transition from primary to secondary school

Professional Bodies

  • Member of the National Association of Advisers in English (NAAE)
  • Member of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA)
  • Member of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)


Beattie, L. (2020) Supporting beginning English teachers to support pupils’ learning In Hickman, D. (ed) (2020) Mentoring English Teachers in the Secondary School: A Practical Guide. Oxon: Routledge. (ISBN 9: 781138591363)

 Beattie, L., Lawson, S. and Wood-Griffiths, S. (2019) Helping D&T teachers plan, deliver and evaluate lessons. In Lawson, S. and Wood-Griffiths, S. (eds) (2019) Mentoring Design and Technology Teachers in the Secondary School. Oxon: Routledge.

Horton, S., Beattie, L. and Lannie, S. (2019) Reading at Greater Depth in Key Stage Two. London: Sage. (ISBN 9 781526441706)

Horton, S., Beattie, L. and Bingle, B. (2015) Lessons in Teaching Reading Comprehension in Primary Schools. London: Sage. (ISBN10: 1473916143)