Rachel Lofthouse is Head of Teacher Learning and Development (Education) in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) at Newcastle University, a role which draws on her experiences of, and responsibilities for, both initial teacher education and post-graduate professional development.
In her former life she was a secondary school teacher.
Her research focuses on teachers' professional learning. This allows her to draw together her teaching, research and consultancy. Her main interests are developing models of coaching and mentoring, supporting and understanding teachers' practitioner research and the use of video as a professional development tool. In addition, she specialises in developing and understanding pedagogy based on enquiry and teaching thinking.