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Currently studying for professional doctorate in education.
Research study ‘Towards a pedagogy of carpet time’
Jo McEvoy joined the University in September 2013 as a senior lecturer in Early Years and course leader for Initial Teacher Training for Early Years Teacher status. She is an Early Years specialist with experience of teaching, leading and advising across the maintained and non-maintained sectors at a local and national level. Jo is passionate about improving outcomes for children through high quality childcare and education, family support, early intervention and a multi professional approach to partnership working. Jo worked as a consultant and Early Years Quality Team leader for a local authority school improvement service. During this time Jo was seconded on a part time basis to support the work of C4EO (Centre for Excellence and Outcomes) as an Early Years sector specialist. This involved mentoring colleagues in other local authorities and sharing examples of best practice. More recently, Jo has worked as a deputy headteacher in a primary school where she has developed a ‘best practice’ network of schools to provide Early Years support and training for schools and settings.
Since joining the University Jo has developed the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme by setting up a training partnership of early years settings across several local authorities and developing a the role of EYT mentors to include on-going professional development. This has led to a successful ofsted inspection outcome for Early Years. Jo is currently studying for a professional Doctorate in Education and is conducting research on an aspect of effective early years pedagogy.
Research interests include:
Member of TACTYC, association for development of Early Years
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Play based learning
Transitions within the EYFS
Partnership with parents in the Early Years
Early language and communication
Early reading behaviours
Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.
2010: Early Years sector specialist for C4EO
2011: Set up an EYFS ‘best practice’ network for schools
2013: Advised on the development of ‘Grow Big’ sensory project
2014: EYTS provider network member
2015: Established a training partnership of EYFS settings for EYTS
2016: UCET committee member for ITT primary and Early Years
Course leader for Initial Teacher Training Early Years (EYTS)
Course leader for BA hons Early Childhood Education with EYTS
Module leader for Specialist Professional Practice EYTS