Louise Beattie

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education: English

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

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

Louise Beattie English SL Louise is the PGCE secondary subject lead for English. She spent over 10 years in secondary education culminating in the role of Head of English in a large secondary school before moving into a Local Authority position as Secondary English Adviser for 11 years.

She joined Worcester University as a senior lecturer in 2013 and since 2017 has been the subject lead. Having already gained a Master’s qualification in Education and Leadership, she focused on developing her writing for publication. She has co-authored two books with a primary colleague and contributed chapters to a book on subject mentoring. She recently published an article in Social Learning Relationships in Primary Schools. She is a fellow of the HEA.


  • HEA Fellow
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA in Leadership and Management in Education
  • PGCE in Secondary English
  • BA (Hons) Humanities

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. and Horton, S. (2020) Expectations versus reality: the story of gender differences in transition from primary to secondary school in: Kington, A. and Blackmore, K. Social and Learning Relationships in Primary Schools. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 237-258. ISBN 978-1-3500-9606-6

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)