Jo Byrd

Position: Senior Lecturer in ITE & Partnership Manager

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

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I teach on the B.Ed. and PGCE course.  I am also part of the partnership development team. Our remit is to strengthen our already excellent partnership that we have with schools.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across all the B.Ed. programme and on the PGCE programme. Currently, I lead B.Ed. Year 2 reflective teaching module and most of my other teaching is in English across the year groups.

Professional interests

I am a member of Voices, a European Network of Teachers and Teacher Educators. The thematic field I am working in is adressing the notion of a European teacher identity. 

Research interests

I have researched the effects of a physical literacy programme as part of a phonics intervention programme for my MA disertation. Other areas of research have centred around boys and reading and changing children's spaces.  Currently, I am looking at the language teachers use when grouping children and the negative effects this can have on the teaching and learning in the classroom.


B.Soc Sci (2:1 Hons) Manchester University

TEFL Cert Trinity College London

PGCE University of East London

MA in Education Derby University

Recent publications

Co-author of a chapter on Early Years Workforce, in Exploring Education at Post Graduate Level - to be published approximately September 2015 by Routledge

Experience in industry

Prior to working at the University, I was a primary school teacher for 11 years.  I have experience of working in 3 different authorities and a wide range of schools, from small, rural schools to large, inner city schools. I have taught in Foundation stage up to Y8 in KS3.  I do not have a preferred age group, each KS offers something unique and rewarding.

International experience

I have taught English in private academies in Spain for 2 years. I have also taught international students in London for 3 years.

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