Rae is currently the Key Stage 5 Lead for English at a large state school in Tower Hamlets. She has degrees in English Lit, Psychology and an MSc in Race and Ethnic Relations and is currently studying for a Masters in English Education at UCL where she is researching the impact of role play and drama on academic writing at A Level. She is a member of the London Association of English Teachers and has run workshops on role play at KS5 for them, she has a deep and active passion for the theatre: in education; as an attendee, particularly with young people; and also as a participant, having taken part in two Young Vic community projects, theatre-writing workshops and the Young Vic Theatre Club.
Rae loves learning and passionately believes that education can transform lives: she is a volunteer tutor for the Empowerment Through Education project. She leads the Diversity Working Party for her school and is focusing on long-term curriculum change developing a proactively anti-racist and anti-homophobic approach to teaching: recently writing an English Language scheme of work based on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Rae is also the Equalities Rep and the Workplace Rep for the National Education Union.
Prior to teaching, Rae set up and ran a youth club based in Southwark for 10 years. She was the London Manager for Human Rights Watch for six years. In the 1990s she was a trustee for Brixwork, a Lambeth-based charity which helped young people coming out of prison or youth offender institutions to find employment. She has been a volunteer for Anti-Slavery International as a child labour researcher and was a magazine editor for Simply Business, a charity set up to support Black businesses.