Rachel is relentlessly ambitious about teaching and learning. A dedicated advocate of the University’s mission of transforming lives through excellent education, she has been teaching and learning in inner London schools for over 20 years. During that time, she has held a variety of posts in primary and early years settings, including Coordinator for Art, Science, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Trainee and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Mentor and Senior Leadership.
Rachel firmly believes that to have an inclusive society we must have inclusive schools. She has recently served as a governor in an inner London comprehensive secondary school.
Previously as a designer, Rachel collaborated on the design of highly successful greeting card and stationery ranges including the London Underground licensed stationery range and co-led product development and licensing for the global brand, Bang On The Door™ in the UK.
Rachel’s research interests include:
The impact of screen time on children’s imagination and the benefits to children and families of making creative and resourceful fun out of the ordinary.
Reflective writing, 360º feedback and the analytical value of reflective practice in teaching and learning.
Rachel holds the following qualifications:
- BSc (Hons) Biology with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries, Central Saint Martins, UAL
Rachel is currently a lecturer in early years and primary education PGCE and apprenticeship courses. Responsibilities include: tutoring and mentoring students, link tutor for trainee teachers in placement schools, and quality assurance of placements. Rachel, in collaboration with primary colleagues, is developing the apprentices' course content for the EYFS and Primary PGCE.