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Rachel joined NFER as a Researcher in the Centre for Assessment in September 2015. She is currently involved in a variety of test development projects. She has worked on both item writing and item selection for the NFER Key Stage 2 optional tests for reading, maths and grammar. Rachel is also working with the Centre for International Comparisons on national adaptations for PIRLS 2016 and PISA 2018.
Rachel has a 1st class Bsc (Hons) in Social Psychology from the University of Loughborough. During her degree she gained a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research experience. She was also involved in many volunteer projects such as the Right to Read scheme, which encouraged daily reading for primary school children. Prior to NFER she worked as a teaching assistant in a mainstream school, with a focus on speech and language therapy for children with special educational needs; adapting and delivering materials to make them more accessible to children with communication difficulties.