Louise Nelson, Course Director

Louise Nelson

Course Director

Louise was a primary teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) of Primary Science with 20 years of experience of teaching in Wakefield schools before taking up a post of Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University in 2007.

Since 2010 Louise has been the Course Leader of the Postgraduate Primary 5-11 PGCE. This course includes both postgraduate trainees from University based study and those from our partnership with School Direct. More recently Louise has become a Principal Lecturer for Primary Education (3-11) working with the ITE team in Carnegie's School of Education and Childhood.

Louise lectures across both post graduate and undergraduate course in ITE, delivering mainly primary science, a subject she is deeply passionate about. Louise is member of the Association of Science Education a charity which is the largest subject association in the UK where she works at both a regional and national level (Specialist Publications). Louise is also a Trustee for Education Ossett Community Trust (EOCT) an Education Trust working on behalf of the University in partnership with the infant, primary and the High school in Ossett.

Current Teaching

  • Postgraduate:
    • Applied Pedagogy 1
    • Applied Pedagogy 2
  • Undergraduate Science lead for:
    • Introduction to Subject Specialism
    • Becoming a Subject Specialist
    • Core Subjects at Key Stage 1
    • Developing as a Subject Specialist
    • Developing Pedagogies in Science and PE

Research Interests

Louise continues to spend time in primary schools, regularly working with teachers helping with science teaching and support. This includes developing partnerships with schools to enrich her students teaching experience by organising and delivering University teaching in the schools themselves to deepen trainee teachers understanding of theory into practice.

This is in additional to her work with the ASE where she regularly meets with the ASE Specialist Publications committee reviewing and advising on science books prior to finished publication.

Louise Nelson, Course Director