Staff Profile:Karen Goulding


Main responsibilities at the Institute of Education:

  • IoE Director of The Learning Hub

  • IoE Enterprise and Internationalisation committee

  • The Learning Hub committee - Chair

  • Institute Board of Studies committee

  • UoR Europe representative


I am an experienced educator with over 20 years' experience in a variety of roles. Prior to working at The University of Reading, Institute of Education:

Head Teacher/Teacher Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Head Teacher/SENCO/Teacher Manchester, UK

Teacher/SENCO Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE

Teacher/Ethnic Minority Achievement Coordinator Bolton, UK

Teacher/SENCO Birmingham, UK

Teacher Muscat, Oman

Teacher Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Head of Infants/Teacher, Alexandria, Egypt


  • Institute of Education Courses
  • Enhancement Week
  • Museum of English Rural Life Toddler Time
  • An English Experience
  • NQT Conference
  • IoE Guangdong University Summer Visit

Recent Grants

    2014 UoR Annual Fund: £600 - Using PENpal to enhance student appreciation of Inclusion

Areas of Interest:

Areas of expertise and research interest:

  • Resources 
  • Inclusion, Special Needs & Bilingualism
  • International Contexts
  • Children's Literacy


  • BE.d: Humanities
  • PG Ad Dip in Special Needs ( Distinction: Inclusion )
  • CELTA  ( Distinction Young Learners )
  • NPQH: National Professional Qualification in Headship
Research groups / Centres:



Recent publications/conference presentations/professional achievements:

The House of Lords invite from Baroness Andrews June 2015

The Big Band Lunch: story time with author Rosie Godfrey June 2015

Teachers and Advisers Day: June 2015

The Federation of Children's Book Groups: third blog in the National Share-a-Story Month Series May 15th 2015 

Special Event: A Novel Night  Award winning author, Ian Beck officially opens The Learning Hub March 2015

 K Goulding 'Reading and Change' presented at The School Library Conference: Reading for Excellence 14th November 2014

MERL Village Fete  May 2014

The School Librarian: One Small Stone: Building a Training Session on Inclusive Libraries. Volume 62 number 3 autumn 2014

NATT National Association of Teachers of Travellers + Other Professionals May 2013

K.Goulding 'National Centre for Language and Literacy' presented at LIPSSEE Librarians in Independent  Prep Schools in South East England: Ludgrove School April 2013

Family Literacy Programme for Parents CIC Woman's Concerns March 2013

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:  

  • BBC Berkshire radio broadcasts
  • The Independent newspaper comment
  • Catch-Up Training Regional Hub -Lead IoE  
  • Reading Post article: University of Reading finds children's authors' illustrations in a cupboard

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