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Rachel Roberts

Dr Rachel Roberts
  • Subject Leader in Secondary English ITT
  • Module Leader EDM001 Developing Expertise in Teaching - MA Ed

Areas of interest

  • Discourse in Education, particularly in ITT
  • Transition between key stages
  • The use of Media and Moving Image in the classroom
  • Expertise in teaching
  • Observation as part of ITT and CPD in education
  • Teaching of writing at KS2 and 3
  • Mentorship

Research projects

  • Critical Conversations - Capturing the Impact of Evaluative Language in Mentor Meetings in Initial Teacher Training (EdD Thesis).
  • Emerging models of expert teaching in the era of performance related pay in England: the views of Experienced Head Teachers and Deputies (with Professor Andy Goodwyn).
  • Secondary English teachers' perspective of their subject.
  • Language and Literacy in Education Research Group - UoR

Rachel has written and delivered numerous training resources and materials for commercial companies, focusing on English and Media/Film.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • BERA SiG member: English in Education
  • Member of the National Association of Teachers of English ITE Committee
  • Member of the National Association of Advisors for English

Selected publications

Forthcoming academic publications include:

  • ‘Should there be a core curriculum for ITE? Five Go on an Epistemological Adventure’ (co-author), forthcoming
  • ‘A “Godlike Science”: English Teaching in Secondary Schools’ in Ontologies of English, University of Cambridge Press, forthcoming

Conference Presentations:

British Association for Applied Linguistics: (De)Constructing Englishes: Exploring the implications of ontologies of the language for learning, teaching, and assessment York St John University, Wed 24th - Fri 26th June 2015. Conference paper: 'A "Godlike Science": English Teaching in Secondary Schools'.