Joanne was born and educated locally in the north of Birmingham. She trained to become a teacher on a four-year undergraduate route at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Joanne’s expertise is predominantly in early years and KS1, she taught in Birmingham primary schools and in her last school post she was Deputy Head Teacher/Acting Head Teacher at Acocks Green Infant and Nursery School.
Joanne moved to Birmingham City University in 2000 and has had a number of roles including Primary Partnership Manager, PGCE Primary Course Leader, Director of Work-based Learning and Associate Head of School for Education and Social Work.
Joanne has strong regional engagement; she has been a governor with E-ACT academies and was Chair of Governors at Ryders Hayes Primary School for five and a half years. Joanne was actively involved in the development of Teaching Schools supporting the work of Bournville Teaching School, Ryders Hayes Teaching School and sitting on the strategic boards of Colmore Teaching School Alliance and Greet Teaching School Alliance. Joanne was also a member of the strategic board of the Four Oaks Learning Trust for Excellence and was approached to sit on the Walsall Local Authority Challenge Board which later became Walsall Learning Alliance.
Joanne joined Newman University as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education in 2021.
Joanne completed her PhD at the end of 2020 entitled: Growing your own: The impact of School Direct on the training of primary teachers. She is particularly interested in teacher training and the childhood experiences of the children of incarcerated parents/carers.
Joanne has a range of teaching experiences across undergraduate and postgraduate routes. Her background is in primary English and in particular young children’s development of literacy. Joanne also hold a Masters Award from the University of Birmingham in Education and Child Psychology as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the Department for Education and Skills
Membership of Professional Organisations
Senior Fellow of Advance HE
Conferences and Other Research Activity
2015 – Lightning Talk Presentation at CSpace Conference (Birmingham City University). Is history repeating itself? How far does School Direct and the current direction of partnership with schools repeat ITE since 1846?
2015 – Presentation at the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference. Is history repeating itself? How far does School Direct and the current direction of partnership with schools repeat ITE since 1846?
2016 – Presentation at CSpace Conference (Birmingham City University). Initial perspectives on the effectiveness of a new training route into primary school teaching – School Direct.
2017 – Presentation at the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference. School Direct: For Better or Worse? An investigation into the effectiveness of School Direct as an initial training route for primary school teachers.
2019 – Presentation at the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) Conference. What does School Direct offer as a training route for primary school teachers that is not offered by traditional PGCE routes into teaching?
2021 – Presentation at the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference. What should be valued in initial teacher education?
2021 – Birmingham City University Presentation. How do you create a teacher?
2019 –- Chartered College of Teaching. Are teachers trained to deliver the kind of education needed for the twenty-first century? Co-authored with Simon Spencer.