Louise Matthews


Name: Louise Matthews
Department: Professional Learning
Current position: Head of Every Child Counts in the Department for Professional Learning
Email: louise.matthews@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Home-based and the Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education
Website: https://www.everychildcounts.edgehill.ac.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ECC_EHU


– BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool 1987
– PGCE Primary, University of Manchester 1989
– National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH), National College for School Leadership 2001
– Advanced Professional Diploma in Adult Education, Leeds Metropolitan University 2002
– School Improvement Partner (SIP) Accreditation, National College for School Leadership 2006
– MA Early Mathematical Intervention, Edge Hill University 2011


  • 2012 Head of Every Child Counts
  • 2008-2012 Every Child Counts National Adviser
  • 2006-2008 Primary Strategy Manager and School Improvement Partner – Leeds LA
  • 2001-2006 Senior Mathematics Consultant – Leeds LA
  • 1996-2001 Deputy Head Teacher
  • 1994-1996 Advisory Teacher for mathematics and PE
  • 1989-1994 Primary Class Teacher

Interests and achievements:

  • Developing children’s mathematical thinking and talking
  • Lesson Study as a tool for school continuing professional development
  • Developing mathematical interventions to meet the needs of vulnerable children and raise mathematical achievement for all pupils in school
  • Member of ACME Outer Circle (Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education)
  • Member of the National Numeracy Forum
  • Presented at the World Association of Lesson Study Conference in 2012 and 2016

Published work:

  • Dunn, Matthews and Dowrick (2010), Numbers Count: developing a national approach to early intervention, in Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary Schools, Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Multi-sensory approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics (2005) Education Leeds