Project Manager/ Research Fellow
Jo is part-time Project Manager/Research Fellow for Beyond Words' externally funded research into how teachers use Books Beyond Words to safeguard and support and their pupils’ social emotional and mental health. This project is convened by Baroness Sheila Hollins, Chair and Founder of Beyond Words and directed by Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE.
Jo also works as a Schools Research Consultant, supporting and evaluating school and organisation practitioner research initiatives. As well as prior external research consultancy with Beyond Words, her earlier work includes Erasmus Plus+ research fellow on an international, three-year special education training project for Leeds Beckett University (2014-2017) and research and writing involvement in a number of Department for Education supported projects including the online Training Materials for Teachers of Pupils with Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties (2012), Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (2009–2011) and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Education (FAS-eD) Research Project (2009–2010). She has co-authored and co-edited books, training materials and articles – her most recent Routledge publications include Girls and Autism (2018), Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (2015) and Creating Meaningful Inquiry in Inclusive Classrooms (2012). Jo worked in special education and residential care settings for 12 years as a researcher, teacher and key worker. She has a primary PGCE, a Masters in learning disability studies, and is currently studying for an Ed.D. at Oxford Brookes University.
When not working (when does this happen?!) Jo attempts a sustainable work-life balance that includes walking, painting, friends and dogs.