Portrait of Mrs Louise Coverdale Mrs Louise Coverdale

l.j.coverdale@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478201


Qualifications: BA (Hons), QTS, MA

In 2012 Louise Coverdale became a part time lecturer for the primary team at the University and was a link tutor for BA and PGCE trainees. She was a full time student here and successfully gained her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies in September 2013. She joined the University in September 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Early Primary Course and the PGCE Primary Course where she is responsible for the strategic lead of Newly Qualified Teachers. Louise is also a tutor for PE, Music and contributes to the Safeguarding Module for BA, PGCE and undergraduate trainees.

Prior to her academic career, Louise spent 20 years in primary teaching. She has taught from Year 1 to Year 6. Louise spent 10 years as a Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator and was subject leader for History. She acted as senior mentor for students on the Graduate Teacher Programme and was also a mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers. During this time Louise had the opportunity to carry out the roles of EYFS/ Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Leaders.

In 2004 Louise was appointed Deputy Headteacher and was subsequently Acting Headteacher on two separate occasions. In 2006 she became a substantive Headteacher, where she assumed the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Research and Scholarship

  • The induction of Newly Qualified Teachers
  • The legislation and practices related to Safeguarding
  • The role of the mentor within the primary school

Gained a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies in September 2013 at the University of Huddersfield.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Coverdale, L (2017) ‘From trainee to Newly Qualified teacher: A qualitative study of the formation of professional identity among early-career primary school teachers in England’. In: SEPD/HudCRES research conference, Thursday 4th May 2017, The University of Huddersfield

Research Degree Supervision

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Strategic Lead for Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Tutor in PE and Music for the BA and PGCE trainees
  • Placement Link tutor
  • Tutor in Initial Professional Development for BA and PGCE trainees