Portrait of Mrs Jo McEvoy Mrs Jo McEvoy

j.mcevoy@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478122

Areas of research expertise and interest


Qualifications: MA, BEd, NPQH

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 and Scholarship

Research interests include:

  • Teaching and leading in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Leading the EYFS in school settings
  • Transitions within and from the EYFS


Member of TACTYC, association for development of Early Years

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Degree Supervision

Play based learning

Transitions within the EYFS

School Readiness

Partnership with parents in the Early Years

Early language and communication

Early reading behaviours

Synthetic phonics

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

Enterprise Activities

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

Teaching and Professional Activities

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