Rachel Deegan


Rachel has worked in a variety of education settings over the past 25 years, including Early Years, Primary Schools and special education, as well as more recently with children with literacy difficulties / dyslexia.

After graduating with a Psychology degree, Rachel worked at a therapeutic school for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, before managing a voluntary organisation for adults with learning difficulties. Whilst raising three children, Rachel began working in Early Years, gaining Professional Status (renamed Early Years Teacher status), before moving into Primary Schools, where her interest in reading development grew.

Rachel has run many types of interventions in Primary Schools, across both key stages, and loves working with children in small groups and being able to really make a difference. Her knowledge and experience in reading development have been strengthened by studying for a post graduate qualification in Supporting Children with Literacy Difficulties, and for the last two years, Rachel has been tutoring for the Oxfordshire Dyslexia Association’s Saturday School, alongside working as a Teaching Assistant. Rachel is excited about starting Reading Quest sessions, and using her skills to increase confidence in the children she will be working with, whilst having fun, which she feels is key to reading success.