Staff profile

Jo Byrd

Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

Jo Byrd


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for the B.Ed and M.Edu Programme.  My doctorate is examining whiteness in teacher education. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across the B.Ed. & M.Edu programmes. 

Research interests

My EdD research is examining discources around race. I am also very keen on student/ school partnerships as a form of CPD and have worked with a school on this.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chartered College of Teachers


  • B.Soc Sci (2:1 Hons) Manchester University
  • TEFL Cert Trinity College London
  • PGCE University of East London
  • MA in Education Derby University

Recent conferences

  • TEAN 2017 - Collaborative working - schools, student teachers and ITE.

Experience in industry

Prior to working at the University, I was a primary school teacher for 11 years. I have experience of working in three 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 key stage 3. 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 three years.

Recent publications

  • White, J. & Byrd, J. (2015) Early Years Workforce Development, in (eds) A. O'Grady & V. Cottle, Exploring Education at Post Graduate Level - by Routledge
  • Byrd, J. (2017) ‘Challenges to implementing a new technology in teacher education. Phase one: ‘meaningful’ digital reflections’, TEAN Journal, 9(2), pp. 76-85
  • Byrd, J. (2020) 'Imagining a new normal, free from judgement and blame' FORUM, Vol 62, No.3 pp345-352