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Doctorate of Education, MA in Education, PG Certificate in Teaching at Higher Education, Qualified Teacher Status, PGCE Secondary Teaching
School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 488339
Harcourt Hill Campus
Rachel Payne teaches and researches visual methods, arts-based continuing professional development, art education policy and arts-based pedagogy in education. Rachel is subject coordinator for the Artist Teacher Practice MA in Education, a programme which supports professionals working in visual arts education to examine their dual artist-teacher identity through participating in a community, and reposition their professional practices as a result. This is run in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and combines theory, research and practice. Rachel is also one of two subject coordinators for the MA in Education open route where her responsibilities focus on marketing, recruitment and admissions, as well as supporting student experience through dissemination of research.
Undergraduate modules Rachel delivers are situated within the Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate degrees. These include a Level 4 module examining how education is represented in popular culture, and a Level 5 module examining arts education from policy, international and theoretical positions.
Research interests include investigating how young people and educators learn with creative practitioners, often in cultural sites such as museums and galleries, and how education policy impacts educators. Rachel is involved in art education at a national level as the President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and a core member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design Education.
ED50: MA in Education Artist Teacher Practice
ED50:MA in Education
Key research interests revolve around the arts and culture in education and policy including:
Wider University research activity includes:
A member of the Humanistics Perspectives on Education research group, School of Education.
A member of the steering committee for the Get Published! Project which facilitates a University-wide academic poster conference for undergraduate and postgraducate students to disseminate research projects (2016-present).
2018-19: Awarded internal funding from the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Promoting Pedagogies scheme to develop the Students as Researchers academic poster workshops.
2017-18: Awarded internal funding from the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty to conduct a small-scale impact case study examining how an artist CPD session with teachers and pupils from a Multi-Academy Trust raises the profile of the visual arts across the curriculum.
2015: Brookes Union Teaching Award for Most Effective Feedback.
2017-present: Examining why the artist teacher programme facilitates transformative learning in a higher educational setting.
2015-present: Examining how ongoing subject specific CPD impacts teacher confidence, curriculum design and learning opportunities in primary school settings.
Project managing two research associates who are examining why the artist teacher programme facilitates transformative learning for its participants. Impact data will contribute to an education REF impact study (2017-present).
2017: 2013 small scale research examining the impact of the closure of the Secondary Art and Design PGCE programme at Oxford Brookes University (2012) was cited by Earl Clancarty, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design Education, during a debate in the Lords Chamber, 28 November 2017. The focus was on Teacher Education: Arts, Crafts and Design; Arts and the Government.
2017: One of eight academics profiled on the new Research Impact at the UK Parliament, which provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament.
2017: Beyond Surface, an art exhibition at The Glass Tank Gallery celebrating ten years of the Artist Teacher Scheme MA in Education.
2017: Presentation at a Modern Art Oxford event Creative Conversation: She Who Writes Her-story Rewrites History. The talk Drawing Professional Worlds examines how the Artist Teacher Scheme supports educators to positively address neoliberal agendas in their professional settings through using art as a visual research method. Rachel drew on Beyond Surface exhibitors’ artworks, artist statements and rationales to support this as well as literature from her doctoral thesis.
2016: Dissemination of the International Journal of Art and Design Education conference presentation on the Humanistic Perspectives on Education Research Group blog.
Payne, R (2016) EBacc and primary testing pushing arts out of the curriculum, Schools Week online.
2016: NSEAD Survey findings report, 2015-16
Payne, R (forthcoming) Observing beginning Art and Design teachers’ lessons, chapter 14 in P. Gregory (ed.) A practical guide to mentoring Art and Design teachers. Abingdon: Routledge (submitted to the editor in March 2019).
Payne, R (forthcoming) Drawing social worlds: how the adaptation of a constructionist coding framework supports an imaginative reading of meaning formation in children’s artwork (submitted to Qualitative Research, pending feedback).
Payne, R (2018) 11.30am on a Sunday Morning: Making Meanings with Mary. International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 37 (4), 560-573.
Payne R, Hall E (2018), ‘The NSEAD Survey Report 2015-16: Political Reflections from Two Art and Design Educators’, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 37 (2), 167 – 175.
Payne R (2017), Beyond Surface, artist teacher exhibition in The Glass Tank Gallery.
National Society for Education in Art and Design (2016), The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16.
Payne, R (2016) A Modern Magna Carta Challenge. AD: The National Society for Education in Art and Design magazine, January 2016 publication.
Taylor, S & Payne, R (2013) Skills in the Making, in H. Felcey; A Kettle & A. Ravetz (eds.) Collaborations in Craft. Bloomberg.
Adams, H; Jones, P & Payne, R (2013) Skills in the Making: Craft-Based Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development. engage 33: Critical Craft. London: engage, The National Association for Gallery Education.
2019: Art and design in the primary curriculum; planning, delivering and assessing the impact of a series of training events aimed to support Newly Qualified Teachers, Early Career Teachers and Arts-Coordinators in primary education.
2011: Oxfordshire Art Teachers’ group: delivery of CPD to 25 secondary art teachers exploring current developments in art education and how to develop enquiry-based pedagogy in the art classroom.
2007-10: Arts Council England: annual audit of CPD within Creative Partnerships (CP) over three years. Responsibilities include liaising with colleagues, visiting and analysing data through interviews, observations and scrutiny of documentation; dissemination of analysis.
2008: Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA): delivery of CPD on Teaching Outside the Classroom at an inset training day for teachers and education officers working in museums and galleries.
2008: engage: delivery of CPD on research methodology and analysis when working with young people with education gallery staff from Modern Art Oxford and MK Gallery, and art teachers from partnership schools.
2008: NSEAD: collaboration in writing group for NSEAD website; changes in 14-19 education in art/design.
2007-8: Stephen Lawrence Trust: contributed to identifying a profile of high ability in visual-spacial applications; use of MA dissertation research of high ability in visual arts in schools; contribution to writing and conducting research with primary and secondary schools with vocational excellence.
2007: Bourton Meadow Primary: delivery of whole school CPD to develop 3d practical skill and theoretical knowledge with the aim to extend creativity across the curriculum.
External Examiner roles:
2014-2017: External Examiner for Northampton University BA Primary Education art and design specialism
2009-2012: External Examiner for Colchester Institute Artist Teacher Scheme
2008-2012: External Examiner for Birmingham City University PGCE art, craft and design