Rachel Boyle

Name: Rachel Boyle
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
Email: rachel.boyle@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Primary school teacher 2003-2010

Senior Lecturer Primary Science Education 2010-2011

Primary Year 2 undergraduate Year Leader 2012-2015

Senior Lecturer Primary Education 2015- present


Race, racism and ethnicity in education

Student teachers’ perceptions of race, racism and ethnicity

Anti- racist education

Notions of deficit in education

Rachel has extensive experience of working to promote equality and diversity in education including projects in the United States. Her travels to New York to carry out research into the advancement of African Americans since the civil rights movement is one of her greatest achievements. As part of this trip she interviewed leading civil rights activists including Judge Jawn Sandifer and former Mayor of New York, David Dinkins.

Her main research interest centres around the educational experiences and achievements of black, Asian minority ethnic (BAME) children. She is specifically interested in working to improve the educational experience of pupils and students from BAME backgrounds. Most recently, Rachel’s research has looked at trainee teachers’ perceptions of race and racism within education and its impact upon classroom practice. This work has led to a research led teaching approach here at Edge Hill.

Qualifications and Achievements

BA (hons) Primary and Early Years Education (Liverpool John Moores University) 2003

PG Cert THE (Edge Hill University) 2013

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)