Rachel Fossey

Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Primary Education Studies, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) without QTS

Rachel has most recently been an educational consultant delivering training and support to trainee teachers on a number of SCITT programmes. Prior to joining ARU, she was an assistant head in a secondary school. She is now part of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching team at ARU.



Rachel started her career in 1998 as an English and drama teacher in a secondary school in Leicestershire where she became Head of Drama and then Head of Performing Arts. She moved to Essex in 2008 and spent two years as a teaching and learning consultant working in schools across the county. She returned to teaching as an assistant headteacher in a large secondary school where her responsibilities were quality of teaching and whole school assessment.

Following a short career break when she had her two children, she became a freelance educational consultant working mainly in Initial Teacher Training. She has led training courses on Assessment for Learning, Adaptive Teaching, Physical Theatre, Developing Middle Leaders, and Outstanding Drama Teaching as well as supporting many trainee teachers on their journey through to QTS Assessment as an external pathway tutor and English subject tutor.

She is also Chair of Governors at a primary school.

Research interests

  • Training evaluation
  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Online, distance, bended and face-to-face learning modes

MA Postgraduate Major Project: ‘How do trainee teachers perceive the modes of study for key theoretical aspects of the Core Content Framework?’. An evaluation of one face-to-face and one online self-study training session delivered to trainee teachers as part of the Core Content Framework curriculum offer.


  • PGCE – The Reflective Practitioner and Professional Enquiry
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies – Perspectives on the Child


  • PGCert – Kings College London. Education and Professional Studies
  • PGCE – Exeter University. Secondary English and Drama
  • BA (Hons) – University of Plymouth. Theatre Arts and Performance Studies with English