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.
Rachel is currently undertaking 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.
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.
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 continues to work alongside Mathematics and Numeracy pioneers 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).