Rachel Orr is an associate consultant for Focus Education, teacher, tutor and author with over 25 years teaching experience. As a former head teacher of 8 years and deputy head teacher for 9 years, Rachel has worked across a range of schools in deprived areas as well as schools in more affluent areas.
Rachel has led successful inspection during her two headships. Both schools upon taking up headship were RI schools and under Rachel’s leadership became good schools rapidly.
Rachel is experienced in curriculum design, supporting children’s well-being and differentiating learning. Rachel is published by Bloomsbury Education – 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Differentiation where the key messages are: ‘one size does not fit all’ and ‘not a worksheet in site’. Rachel has significant experience in multiagency working to support children’s well-being. Rachel believes that children need to know what it means to learn to be well, in order to be well to learn. She is skilled in supporting schools with every day strategies and resources to embed into daily learning practices so that children and staff well-being is at the forefront of learning.
Rachel is passionate about training the future generation of teachers and has delivered initial teacher training for a local authority SCITT programme in reading, writing and phonics as well as supporting and mentoring NQTs across a range of settings. Rachel is skilled in supporting middle leaders in effective lesson observations in order to improve teaching, learning and assessment.
Rachel has an enhanced DBS disclosure.