Rachel Cosgrove studied Zoology at the University of Oxford before training to teach and has over 25 years of experience across primary, special and secondary schools. As a highly effective secondary SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher in Oxfordshire, she created innovative provision for vulnerable groups and developed comprehensive CPD for support staff and teachers in her local area.
Rachel is a trained and experienced SEND reviewer and is a member of the Nasen advisory groups. As an education consultant she works with schools to plan and develop inclusive practise. Rachel works closely with Oxfordshire Virtual School for Looked After Children and champions attachment and trauma informed practise. Her science teaching background has fuelled her interest in neuroscience and the process of learning. She enjoys unpicking what it is that makes pupils flourish or flounder in schools and collaborating with staff, pupils, and families to find ways forward. As a well-respected conference speaker and workshop facilitator, she has shared her enthusiasm and knowledge with teachers, student teachers, parents, and support staff alike. She is passionate about sharing ideas about inclusion with teachers new and old.
Rachel is author of the book ‘Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell’, a Speechmark publication for Routledge, a visual jam-packed guide to all things inclusive for mainstream teachers.