Louise Whyte, Professional Development Officer

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    Louise graduated from the University of Glasgow with an Honours degree in French in 2003. Following on from her degree course she continued her studies at the university to become a secondary teacher. As part of her commitment and enthusiasm towards her own professional development and to gain a dual language qualification Louise enrolled for the ‘Continuing Certificate for Education in Spanish’ at the University of Strathclyde. She took part in a three week Spanish Immersion Course in Malaga and is GTC registered in both French and Spanish.

    Louise has worked in three authorities over the span of her teaching career; East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow. She is currently on secondment from her most recent appointment at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary school in Glasgow where she has been working as Principal Teacher of Modern Languages for five years. In her role as Principal Teacher she has successfully led her department in the design of an S1-S3 Spanish curriculum which motivates and inspires learners to continue with their language beyond the broad general education; raised attainment and uptake of languages in the senior phase are testament to the success of these courses. Her effective promotion of French as the L3 to all learners in S2 has also secured a 20+ uptake of French each year in S3 with a clear progression pathway into the senior phase for aspiring linguists. In her experience of leading a team through a significant period of change in the Scottish education system Louise has taught both French and Spanish to Advanced Higher level and has supported pupils in the completion of the Languages Baccalaureate.

    In addition to taking her team forward with curriculum change Louise has created many and varied opportunities for pupils to use their language skills outwith the classroom. These include the annual school trip to Barcelona and an expedition to Nicaragua where pupils were able to contribute to a small community in Granada by building a stage for the first high school graduation.

    Louise is delighted to be joining the team at SCILT as a Professional Development Officer; she is looking forward to working with colleagues within the SCILT and CISS teams at Strathclyde University, primary and secondary colleagues throughout Scotland and all other external educational and language agencies.

    Contact:
    LH-232 Lord Hope Building
    University of Strathclyde
    141 St James Road
    Glasgow, G4 0LT

    Tel: 0141 444 8174

    louise.m.whyte@strath.ac.uk

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