Staff profile

Jo Byrd

Senior Lecturer in ITE & Partnership Manager

Jo Byrd


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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.


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.

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