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Mrs Rachel Wallis

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Professional biography

Rachel is a Curriculum Tutor on the Primary PGCE Programme, an alternative route into teaching (via a part-time or salaried route), at the Open University in Wales. Rachel undertook a degree in Pure Mathematics before becoming a primary teacher.  She was a primary teacher for 15 years, and worked in Initial Teacher Education in Wales for 10 years before joining the Open University in September 2020. 

Research interests

Rachel is currently in the final year of a PhD in design based research focusing on measures as a context for learning the multiplicative relationship.  Her main research interests are mathematics learning and teaching.

Teaching interests

Rachel teaches on all modules of the PGCE programme encompassing units with a focus on curriculum, understanding learners, pedagogy, planning, assessment and professional learning.  Rachel supports research activity of PGCE student-teachers for their Masters level module. 

External collaborations

Rachel has worked as part of the Camau team, facilitating the development of a progression framework for Mathematics and Numeracy within the Curriculum for Wales and has worked alongside Mathematics and Numeracy pioneers since the publication of the Curriculum for Wales to support curriculum and pedagogy development in Wales.

Rachel is one of the conference organisers for the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM).


Using video technology to support micro-teaching and reflection in Initial Teacher Education (2022-07-15)
Defis, Nerys; Glover, Alison; Jennings, Carys; Stewart, Sarah; Wallis, Rachel; Craggs, Ben; Hay, Ceris; Linton, Beth; Powell, Thomas and Williams, Amanda
Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 8(1)

Exploring the impact of student teachers' online collaborative peer reflection (2022)
Cole Jones, Nia; Defis, Nerys; Glover, Alison; Jones, Mathew; Wallis, Rachel and Williams, Amanda
In : Distance education: A Brave New World? (20-21 Oct 2022, Virtual)