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 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).
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 Deputy Head of ITT and also acts as Personal Academic Tutor for a number of BA and PGCE students. Jo's interests include Process Drama, early reading development and the use of digital media in teaching.
Jo is Programme Leader for the PGCE 5-11 programme.
She is module leader for ITTM003 -‘Teaching, learning and assessment’ and the three Placement modules on the programme.
Jo teaches on the following modules -
- PGCE 5-11: English
- BA QTS: English
Jo also supervises the dissertations of Year 3 English specialist undergraduates on the BA QTS programme.
Jo’s current area of research is within teaching and learning: ‘Exploring and Evaluating Blended Learning in Initial Teacher Training’. She is working as part of a team led by Elaine Batchelor (Head of ITT) to evaluate how “learning events” and “online learning packages” enable students to make progress in their development as beginning teachers.