Dr Rachael Paige

Head of Department for Primary Education

Senior Leadership Team

Contact Details

email: r.paige@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542504

Rachael works in the School of Education and is the Head of Department for Primary Education. She joined the University of Worcester in February 2018. Rachael has worked in Initial Teacher Education since 2010 at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. At this Institution, she was the Head of Programmes for Primary and Early Years and prior to that was a teacher and Headteacher in Lincolnshire.



  • Doctorate in Education
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • MA in Education (Leadership and Management)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • SENCo Award
  • BA (Hons) in Education and English with QTS

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Rachael specialises in areas of professional practice and leadership management. Her specialist areas of teaching are in approaches to positive behaviour management including relationship building and developing the classroom environment, which is complemented by her research work. Also, learning and teaching pedagogy and leadership. Her subject specialisms are in English and music.

Research Interests

Rachael is currently studying for her Doctorate which is looking at social communication in the classroom. The current title of her work is Teacher Presence: what do primary school teachers think it is? She shares her current ideas and research around this topic at Teacher Education conferences and has presented her work at TEAN in 2017 and an update in 2018.

Rachael is also involved in some research work with the Church of England Foundation. The first project is looking at Leadership in small, rural schools and is exploring how the whole child is nurtured and developed in a school performativity culture. An initial resource developed from the research can be found here.

The second project with the Church of England Foundation is a study across the Cathedrals Group of Universities looking at how schools approach ethics when undertaking research, with an expected outcome of providing some guidelines for school research. Initial findings have been presented at UCET in 2017.

Rachael's academic interest currently is linked to the importance of interactions and how this impacts professional identity and success. With colleagues at Bishop Grosseteste University, Rachael has undertaken some work with trainee teachers to consider whether role play helps develop confidence in behaviour management.

Professional Bodies

  • Committee member of NaPTEC
  • Committee Member of APPG for Education


Edited books

Paige, R., Lambert, S. and Geeson, R. (2017). Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching: A guide for trainees and their mentors. London: Sage 

Contributions to books (chapters)

Taylor, K. and Woolley, R. (2013). Values and Visions in Primary Education. Open University Press

Presentation at conferences

National Primary Teacher Educators Committee (NaPTEC) Conference: Provider’s symposium. Overview of my Doctorate focus. September 2017

Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) - May 2017

  • Role play to support trainee teachers develop confidence in behaviour management techniques
  • Overview of literature from my Doctorate (Teacher Presence)

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) (international audience) - November 2016: Presentation on methodology from Teacher Presence research

UCET - 8th November 2016 - Research ethics in school

External Roles

  • External Examiner at Northampton University