Jo is programme leader for the MA Education Practice and teaches practice-based modules on the BA Education Studies. Her professional background is in secondary school teaching working as subject and faculty leader in the social sciences. She has also worked in a deputy leadership role in a large special educational needs department within a mainstream school.
In 2014, after completing a MA Educational Leadership and Management, Jo moved to work in teacher education at the University of Leicester. Her responsibilities involved supporting students with disabilities throughout the School of Education and leading mentor training on the Secondary PGCE.
Jo's MA dissertation focused on the way that coaching conversations could help to support the professional development needs of teaching assistants. She has conducted and published research on the use of lesson study within teacher education, and is currently investigating the way in which teachers enact policy aimed at reducing attainment gaps between groups of pupils.