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Kate Rigby


Teaching Associate – Primary PGCE

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  • MA Mathematics Education (Distinction) – University of Northampton
  • PGCert Primary Mathematics – University of Northampton
  • PGCE Primary – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • BA(Hons) History – University of Warwick

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Chartered College of Teaching
  • Geography Association
  • Historical Association
  • Editorial Board for Primary History journal (Historical Association)

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Kate is a teaching associate with a particular interest in inclusive education, the teaching of primary humanities and primary mathematics. Prior to this, she taught as a classroom teacher and Primary Mathematics specialist, before becoming Strategic Lead for Teaching and Learning in a large primary school. She is currently co-opted as governor to a primary school within the partnership and provides small group tutoring. 

Kate is a professional studies tutor for the Primary PGCE and supervises on the Primary Education masters course. She leads the teaching of humanities for Primary PGCE students and has a particular interest in history, working as a member of the editorial board for the Historical Association's Primary History journal. She is a section one assessor for the Primary PGCE and external examiner for the BA Education course at Roehampton University, as well as associate editor of JoTTER.

Kate's personal research interests focus on disability and inclusive education. She is currently exploring the experiences of neurodivergent students undertaking initial teacher education courses. She is a member of the Faculty EDI committee and Inclusive Spaces working group.

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Research Topics

  • Neurodiversity
  • Experiences of disabled teachers
  • Experiences of beginning teachers and teacher education
  • Teaching and Learning of humanities within Primary settings

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  • PGCE Primary and Early Primary
  • MPhil/MEd Primary Education

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Principal and Recent Publications

  • Rigby, Kate. (2024) Trees. Primary History 94.
  • Rigby, Kate. (2022). Significant anniversaries: the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Primary History 92. 
  • Rigby, Kate. (2022). Happy and Glorious: exploring and celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. Primary History 90.
  • Rigby, Kate. (2022). Back to basics: using artefacts in the classroom. Primary History 90.
  • Rigby, Kate. (2021) One of my favourite history places: Oakham Castle. Primary History 89.
  • Rigby, Kate. (2021) Subject leaders: supporting colleagues to develop their subject knowledge. Primary History 88.