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Louise is Co-Director of the Institute of Education. The institute of education is home to over 1000 full-time students and 500 part-time students who are involved with a range of courses from within the Institute’s portfolio. Louise is jointly responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the Initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in the department; post-graduate courses and CPD; as well as research and knowledge exchange. Prior to taking on the leadership of the department in 2018, Louise was a senior lecturer in education and faculty head of quality. She has taught across ITE programmes, the MA and EDD, with a focus on language and literacy, as well as politics and educational policy. Louise’s research interests explore the enactment of educational policy; her EDD thesis was focussed on autonomy and accountability in Free schools. In addition, Louise is interested in sociolinguistics (in particular, how policy impacts primary languages) as well as education for forced migrants. Underlying all her research interests is a passion for educational practice to be informed (and based) on research and evidence.
Prior to working in higher education, Louise worked as a languages consultant for Hampshire local authority and taught across a number of schools in Hampshire and overseas.

Louise is passionate about bridging the gap between professional practice and universities; she leads the Chartered College of Teaching regional hub, as well as a number of conferences including: Research-Informed Teaching conference for post-graduate students, a conference for childhood and social care students and the New Horizons language conference for trainee and qualified teachers.

Areas of expertise

Free schools and academies in the UK

Education Policy

Primary Foreign Languages

Refugee Education


  • Pagden, L (2012) ‘Intercultural Understanding can it be ‘taught’?’Francophonie 42. Spring.
  • Pagden, L (2014) ‘The View from the Part-time Doctoral Student’. BERA: Research Intelligence. 124: summer
  • Pagden, L (2015) ‘CLIL in an English Primary School’. Vida Hispanica.


  • Pagden, L and Prince, J (2007) Teaching Writing in Primary Languages.
    CILT Primary Languages National Conference.
  • Pagden, L and Prince, J (2008) Teaching Languages to Year 5 and 6.
  • CILT Primary Languages National Conference.
  • Pagden, L (2011) ‘CLIL in an English Primary School. Killing two birds with one stone?’. University of Southampton, Language and pedagogy research conference.
  • Pagden, L. (2013) ‘An ethnographic enquiry into Free Schools. A question of questions.’ BERA Early Researcher Symposium. South West Region.
  • Pagden, L. (2014) ‘Autonomy and Accountability in Free Schools’. RKE. University of Winchester.
  • Pagden, L (2014) Progression and Practice in the New National Curriculum for Languages. New Horizons Conference. University of Winchester.
  • Pagden, L. (2014) ‘Autonomy and Accountability in Free Schools’. Doctoral Research conference. University of Reading.
  • Pagden, L. (2014) ‘Autonomy and Accountability in Free Schools’. BERA international Conference. Institute of Education. London
  • Pagden, L. (2015) ‘Autonomy and Accountability in Free Schools: Year 2’ BERA international Conference. Queens University, Belfast.
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