Staff profile

Rebecca McAllister

Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (Primary/EYTS)


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education



I am a Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, teaching mainly on the BEd and MEdu.

The main elements of my role involve delivering lectures and workshops for undergraduate trainee primary teachers and supporting them during their school placement.

Having joined the University in September 2018, I previously worked as a primary teacher specialising in Early Years Foundation Stage and Physical Education.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach on the English modules for undergraduates on the BEd and MEdu programmes. My role involves supporting trainee primary teachers developing their subject knowledge and pedagogies for teaching reading, writing and Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP). Our trainees are also expected to develop pedagogies and strategies to support children's development in speech, language and communication. As a result, I support their understanding in this area through workshops and tutorials.

I also teach on Wider Curriculum which includes learning and teaching of the 11 foundation subjects of the Primary National Curriculum. I am a Level 5 PE and School Sport specialist and enjoy inspiring our primary teacher trainees to be passionate and creative in all areas of the curriculum.

Additionally, I teach on Child Development focusing on cognitive, social and emotional development and linking this to current practice whilst critiquing current theory and policy. I enjoy creating sessions which support our trainees understanding of developmental factors and milestones, supports students' observational skills and develop holistic practitioners. Additionally, teaching on this module allows me to use my recent practice as an Early Years practitioner to synthesise current practice to developmental theories.

I also work as a University Link Tutor visiting and supporting students on school placements.

Research interests

I am currently involved with research across the Institute of Education including research into the impact of fitness interventions on attainment, attention and social development. Furthermore, I am a supportive researcher for work by the Psychology department for the University of Derby Online, titled 'Delineating a relationship between social media use, emotional intelligence and mathematics anxiety - is there an impact on mathematics attainment?'.

I am also active in writing blogs regarding changes to educational policy, best practice in teaching and child development.