Children and adults returning to conductive education at Rainbow House, Mawdesley will have the
benefit of two newly qualified conductors this autumn. Rachel Holland and Joanne Ashcroft have
both gained double qualifications of BA(Hons) Conductive Education from Birmingham City University
and Qualified Conductor Status (QCS) from the Conductive College at the National Institute of Conductive
Education also in Birmingham.
Both worked at Rainbow House as Conductive Education Assistants whilst gaining their qualifications.
Joanne previously worked as a child minder and has sports massage qualifications. She joined Rainbow
House in December 2008. She got a first for her degree and also received the Brian Fraser Award
for outstanding achievement which is only given to one student in each graduate cohort.
Rachel originally qualified as a Fitness Instructor who has developed her interest in physical development
into teaching individuals with physical disabilities. She joined Rainbow House in October 2011 and
got a 2:1 degree.
The training for the qualifications took place over three years where they attended blocks of theoretical
training in Birmingham with practical training and assessment taking place at Rainbow House.
Conductive Education Manager at Rainbow House, Julia McDonald, was successful in a post graduate module
as a Conductive Education Practice Tutor which is a requirement for her to be a Practice Based mentor.
Julia also became the Chair of the Professional Conductors Association (PCA) (the national professional body for
conductors) in March 2016
Carole Cochrane, CEO at Rainbow House said, “Joanne and Rachel are popular and dedicated members
of our team. Achieving their qualifications whilst working full time is a testimony to their hard work
and enthusiasm. Everyone is delighted at their success and we look forward to welcoming them back
in September as fully qualified Conductors.”