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Rae Duke ( @raetheduke )
Rae Duke is a religion and ethics teacher and broadcaster and a respected authority on ethical issues, faith in contemporary society and schools and education.
Graduating from King's College London in 2011 with a degree in religion, philosophy and ethics and a post graduate certificate in education, Rae went on to complete the 'Teach First' leadership development programme, ensuring excellence in education for students regardless of their background. Rae is currently a patron of the Girls Network, a charity empowering girls from deprived backgrounds.
After cutting her reporting teeth on the red carpets of London’s Leicester square, Rae went on to appear as an education and ethics commentator for Good Morning Britain, Sunrise and BBC radio, regularly appearing to give her insight into breaking news and human interest stories. As well as being a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2, Rae also presents paper reviews on Talk Radio and contributes to ethical discussion on the station.
We sat down with Rae to ask her our signature 21 questions and find our more about her life, her work and her approach to motherhood...
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
My husband, Oscar and our daughter, Rory
WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE?
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?
Surprisingly not Springsteen! I’ve got Alexis Ffrench playing in the kitchen – its solo piano music so great to write to.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST GUILTY PLEASURE?
No guilt attached to the good stuff of life IMO!
WHAT’S IN YOUR HANDBAG TODAY?
WaterWipes, keys (I recently got locked out of the house and had to call on the fire brigade to get me in again – true story), phone charger, carmex lip balm and a bright pink sharpie
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
My engagement ring
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON ON THE GRAM?
Emily Eats ( @emilyeatsuk ) : crazy delicious food with witty captions - good for the soul. And, (sorry, can I have two?) Postcards Home ( @postcardshomeltd ) : unique treasures with social conscience.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I do love a jumpsuit.
WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
Elton John. Because conformity is dull. (And because he wrote The Circle of Life.)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
As level-headed as my husband, please. Om.
HOW WOULD YOU HAVE ANSWERED THAT WHEN YOU WERE A KID?
A vet, a Blue Peter presenter, a Spice Girl… (In that order.)
WHAT’S THE ONE PIECE OF CAREERS ADVICE YOU WISH YOU’D BEEN GIVEN?
I can’t wait to pass onto my daughter so much of what I’ve learnt thus far. In essence, staying in your own lane, following your gut and embracing all your many different chapters – nothing is forever and your current ‘thing’ is part of your evolution. Keep growing, keep enjoying.
WHAT’S YOUR PARENTING STYLE?
Raising a happy human who is excited by life (and who doesn’t eat too many Wotsits.)
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE MUM HACK?
For conception, pregnancy and birth: Hypnobirthing, for once they’ve arrived: a sense of humour
WHAT’S THE WORST DECISION YOU’VE EVER MADE?
I try to reframe ‘mistakes’ positively as they’ve all led me to where, and who, I am today.
WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A glaringly obvious choice but undeniably true : my daughter.
WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
Michelle Obama – her story, message, achievements, grace, values, mothering, juggling, style, fire, wife-ing, writing. All of it!
WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?
“Grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference.” (So, anything that falls into the first category then.)
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU TODAY?
I’ve got a script to write for BBC Radio 2, a Task Rabbit guy coming to do a few bits around the house and then checking out a nursery for Rory this afternoon.
AND THIS YEAR?
There’ll be some book promoting with Oscar over the summer, (he’s just written his first tome, ‘How to be a Dad: The ultimate guide to pregnancy, birth and dirty nappies’, it really is wonderful - grab a copy for the man in your life!) and I’ll be back in the classroom part-time as of September. More Pausing for Thought with Zoe Ball on Radio 2 of course, plus there’s a podcast in the pipeline.