Louise is currently seconded to BDSIP from Grafton School as a Literacy Intervention Lead. She is offering training for schools in the Early Literacy Skills Programme; Laurel Trust Group Reading for key Stage 1, 2 and 3; Literacy Skills for Secondary; and Reading Recovery. All of these programmes have proven evidence of impact to improve children and young people’s literacy skills. Louise began working part time for BDSIP during the pandemic to offer training for primary teaching assistants in the Early Literacy Skills Programme. Despite the challenges of school closures, the programme demonstrated an average of 8.7 months programme over 40-50 twenty-minute sessions for the 31 Y1 children who participated.
Louise has been teaching in Barking and Dagenham since the 1990s and has always had a passion for supporting children to read for pleasure. In 2012, she trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher and in 2017, she undertook a master’s degree and became a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.
Previously, Louise has carried out research in the borough on the factors which influence high attaining children: The reading bug – caught or taught? and she is currently doing a piece of research on small group reading for the Laurel Trust Charity, which should be published in early 2023.