Louise Atkins

Louise Atkins SFHEA, MA, PGCE, EYPS, BA

Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Early Childhood

Louise is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Early Childhood and took the position of School Lead: Head of Initial Teacher Education in the School of Education in September 2019 and initially took up her Senior lectureship at Greenwich in September 2011. Before this, she mentored and assessed in other institutions and supported the development of programmes within Early Years. She has worked within Early Years sector for 18 years.

Louise is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

At the university she leads Initial Teacher Education within the School of Education, lectures on the BA Hons Early Years degree and coordinates the Early Years Teacher Status programme. She is highly committed to raising the profile of Early Years within the sector and is dedicated to ensuring that all children get the best start in life.

Posts held previously
  • Sept 2013-2015 - Early Years Ofsted Inspector
  • Sept 2011- Sept 2014 - Lewisham and Southwark College, Early Years Lecturer
  • Jan 2012-Sept 2014 - Canterbury Christchurch University, EYPS/Early Years Teacher Status Assessor, Lead Mentor, Lead Development, Progress and Improvement Partner (DPIP) and Placement tutor
  • 2012-2015 - Best Practice Network Assessor /Tutor (freelance)
    - Assessor- Assessing candidates against the EYPS/ Early Years Teacher Status standards through scrutiny of written work and in setting visits using an on line assessment system.
    - Tutor- Delivery of Early Years Teacher Status training days, online support for students.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Associate Professor in Teacher Education and Early Childhood |SFHEA
  • School Lead | Head of Initial Teacher Education
  • Head of Initial Teacher Education
  • Lecturing on BA (hons) Early Years and Early Years Teachers Status Programme
  • Programme Coordinator for Early Years ITT
  • CPD Co-ordinator Early Years
  • Mentoring lead- Early Years Teachers Status
  • Quality lead- Early Years Teachers Status


  • External Examiner- Anglia Ruskin University- Early Childhood Studies
  • External Examiner -University of Northampton- Early Years Teacher Status
  • Trustee- Norrie Disease Foundation
  • Chair of Governors- John Ball School, Lewisham

Research / Scholarly interests

Louise's research interests include child development particularly children's personal social and emotional development and well-being and the importance of play in children's learning and development. She is also interested in social policy and pedagogy and early years policy and practice.

Recent publications