Portrait of Ms Jean Palmer Ms Jean Palmer

j.f.palmer@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478242



Qualifications: BA(Hons) MA, PGCE(Early Primary), AST FHEA

Jean Palmer joined the University in January 2013 and is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Early Primary Course and the PGCE Primary Course where she is the Partnership lead working closely with schools and mentors. She is a tutor for English.
Jean has worked in Kirklees schools since 1996. She has over 30 years of experience working with teachers and young people. She has worked in primary schools as a teacher, subject leader, Advanced Skills Teacher (English), governor and LA officer. She has taught across the Primary phases and acted as senior mentor for GTP/BA students.  Jean also spent 15 years working as a professional director/writer for Theatre-in Education in mainstream and special schools.

Jean specialises in the teaching of Literacy - covering reading, writing and oral language. As the lead consultant in Kirklees for the ‘Every Child a Reader’ programme she focused on narrowing the gap for children with literacy difficulties which became the subject of her MA.

Research and Scholarship

Early Literacy

  • The relationship between oral language development and successful reading and writing
  • Collaborated on a text for trainee teachers on creative approaches to the teaching of English

Mentor development

  • Guide to mentoring
  • Mentor development sessions for partnership schools
  • Research into consistency of assessment judgements in ITT


  • The transition from trainee to qualified teacher
  • Research into the early ‘exit’ of teachers during the first five years of their careers

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Zsargo, L. and Palmer, J. (2017) ‘Becoming and being a mentor:consistency in assessment judgments of initial teacher trainees’. In: British Educational Research Conference, 5-7 September 2017, University of Sussex


Glazzard, J. and Palmer, J. (2015) Enriching Primary English . : Critical Publishing. ISBN 9781909682498

Research Degree Supervision

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Partnership lead – mentor development
  • Tutor in English BA & PGCE courses
  • Tutor in Foundation Subjects - Geography
  • Teaching Practice Link Tutor
  • Tutor in Initial Professional Development (both courses)