School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

Louise Norris

Louise Norris


  • More than a decade of Senior Leadership experience including two successful Headships
  • Specialises in School Leadership support and training, improvement planning, use of data and assessment, staff development and coaching
  • Passionate about developing positive learning cultures for Teachers and Leaders
Subject,Key Stage,Curriculum

Could you tell me a bit about yourself and what motivates you?

During my career as a teacher and headteacher I have benefited hugely from the generosity of those who have shared their expertise and enabled me to take opportunities to develop mine. I firmly believe that to provide the best possible learning experiences for children we must invest in those who teach them.

I am passionate about developing cultures of self-improvement within school teams that are based on support, positive challenge and mutual learning. I believe that if teachers and school leaders have opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills and have time for reflection and professional collaboration, the children they work with will benefit immeasurably.

I am a firm believer in the power of coaching to enable individuals and teams to effectively manage workload, build on strengths and improve the working practices and impact.

What is your educational experience and key qualifications?

I have more than a decade of senior leadership experience in both small village schools and large town schools and including two successful headships. Since becoming a qualified teacher in 2001 my career has included teaching across the primary age - my strength being in KS2 - and leading art, modern languages and English across the primary phase. I have worked in collaboration with other schools providing training and coaching, carrying out school improvement reviews and to establish a cross phase multi-academy trust.

In addition to my PGCE, I hold the NPQH and an MSc in Learning and Teaching. The focus for my MSc research was developing programmes of peer coaching in school teams to improve well-being and teaching. Building on my first degree in psychology, I have completed many hours of coach training and am awaiting the award for my Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching.

What is your educational specialism?

I specialise in all aspects of school leadership including growing leadership capacity, developing a clear vision, school evaluation and improvement planning, creating learning cultures, effective use of assessment and data, enhancing staff well-being and productivity, performance management and coaching.

Additionally, I specialise in English and art and design and middle leadership across the curriculum.

What do you enjoy most about working in education?

Education is all about relationships, learning and personal growth – for adults and children alike. What I most enjoy is working in partnership with colleagues in schools to discover even better ways of learning, leading and teaching to empower adults to meet the needs of every child.

What do you like doing outside work?

I spend as much time as possible on or in the water – surfing, sailing, kitesurfing or exploring on my SUP (stand up paddleboard). I practice yoga and enjoy cycling, particularly bike-packing adventures on our tandem. I love travelling at home or abroad, ideally experiencing life like a local!

What teachers say about Louise

Here’s what Ofsted had to say:

‘... you provide strong and effective leadership. As a result, your staff and pupils are proud to be part of Bridgetown Primary.’ Ofsted 2017.

’...teaching is strong across the school. Teachers’ skills are developed through regular training, coaching and the sharing of effective practice. New approaches to the teaching of writing and mathematics are resulting in improved outcomes across the school.’ Ofsted 2017.