Louise is an experienced educational psychologist and qualified in 2004 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has worked within the UK and in Malta with pupils of all ages, including early years and she has also worked with young adults in a specialist college. Within her local authority roles, She has contributed to working groups focused on supporting young adults with SEND in post-16 settings and on systemic issues relevant to positive transition practice and has held specialist roles related to the Autism Spectrum.
Louise completed my doctorate in 2012 at the University of Manchester. Her thesis researched transition planning for pupils moving from secondary schools to post-16 opportunities. This work has led to further involvement in developing the role of the educational psychologist at post-16, particularly with educational psychologists working with pupils up to age 25 since the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014. She has also been involved in focus groups organised to respond to these changes in the training of educational psychologists.
Louise is also an honorary lecturer on the Child and Educational Psychology doctorate at Manchester University and a senior practitioner within a local authority.