Louise Gittins PhD, PGCE, LLB

Louise Gittins PhD, PGCE, LLB

Projects Director

After graduating from Lancaster University with First Class Honours in International Law LLB, Louise undertook a graduate scheme with educational charity Teach First where she worked and qualified as a secondary school English teacher in a challenging inner-city school.

As almost all of the children Louise taught had English as an additional language, with many children starting the school being completely illiterate even in their first language, ensuring that the children gained essential basic English literacy skills was of primary concern.

A synthetic phonics approach was introduced throughout the school and Louise was involved in teaching a number of schemes to whole classes as well as on a one-to-one basis. The results were fantastic and the school is now a model for others with similar issues. Having witnessed the potential of this method, Louise is now an advocate for synthetic phonics and has facilitated the training of thousands of teachers in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as advising national and regional governments on how to successfully integrate synthetic phonics into education systems.

Louise has presented at a number of top international conferences, attended several Jolly Phonics Trainers’ conferences and has completed the online Jolly Phonics course, as well as having experience of adapting and using the Early Grade Reading Assessment.

Louise is also passionate about promoting the realisation of child rights, and has a PhD on a rights-based approach to improving early grade literacy in Nigeria from the University of York, UK.