Jo studied for her first degree at The University of Birmingham where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in American Studies. She then went on to gain a PGCE with QTS through Leicester University and taught in Northamptonshire primary schools. She completed a number of Certificated courses including the RSA Diploma in Drama in Education (Distinction), music and Early Years Education.
Jo then worked for 9 years for the local inspection and advisory service (NIAS) as a Curriculum Adviser for English and drama, delivering CPD to teachers across the county. This also involved working with Northamptonshire schools to introduce the National Curriculum and also the National Literacy Strategy. Jo completed her MA in Professional Studies in Education with Leicester University and then joined the University of Northampton in 1999. She currently works within ITT teaching English on the PGCE and BA QTS programmes. She has also taught English on the Return to teaching Programme, FDLT and run an MA Module ‘Issues in Primary English.’ Jo was English Curriculum leader for a number of years and was also Admissions Tutor for the PGCE Programme for 5 years. Jo is currently PGCE programme Leader for the Primary 5-11 Programme and also acts as Personal Tutor for BA and PGCE students. Jo’s interests include Process Drama, early reading development and children’s literature.