Head of Programmes: Primary and Early Years
Rachael leads the Primary and Early Years programmes in the School of Teacher Development.
Rachael joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010, initially on a secondment from a Lincolnshire school. Prior to joining the team at Bishop Grosseteste she held positions in primary schools including headteacher, SENCo, literacy and music subject leader. Her MA in Leadership and Management focused upon distributed leadership in implementing a behaviour approach throughout her school. Currently, she is undertaking her Doctoral studies in social communication in the classroom, specifically exploring what is meant by the term ‘Teacher Presence’.
Rachael teaches across the primary programmes, with a particular emphasis upon professional knowledge and skills including behaviour management. She contributes to MA research modules and has a particular interest in supporting practitioner research.
Rachael is currently in her fifth year of doctoral study, exploring the concept of Teacher Presence. She is working with primary school teachers to explore this concept through video analysis of teaching and focus group discussion.
Rachael is working on two research projects, funded by the Church of England’s Foundation: 1) How do leaders in primary schools (in areas with particular deprivation) develop the ‘whole child’ within an educational climate of performativity; 2) Developing research ethics guidelines for schools.
She is also working with colleagues within the team looking at how role play builds confidence in behaviour management for trainee teachers.
Rachael is the chair of Governors at Ellison Boulters Church of England Academy and a governor at Fiskerton Church of England Primary School.
Paige, R., Lambert, S. and Geeson, R. (2017). Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching. London: Learning Matters.
Taylor, K. and Woolley, R. (2013). Values and Vision in Primary Education. London: Open University Press.