Jo began teaching in 2000, after completing a PGCE in Secondary English at Trinity and All Saints. She has taught English at an 11-16 school in Grimsby, before becoming an Assistant Head of English at a challenging inner city Leeds school; Jo proceeded to gain promotion to Gifted and Talented Coordinator, before joining Trinity Academy in Doncaster for its opening year.
Jo became Head of English at Airedale High School, now Airedale Academy, in 2006, being fortunate to join the school at the start of its recent journey of rapid school improvement. In 2006, the school and the English department achieved 46%, whereas from 2011 onwards the English department has attained consistently in the region of 76% A*-C grades with 3 Levels of Progress being consistently in the region of 86% 3LP and this year (2013) 4LP hit a high of 51%.
Promoted to Assistant Principal in 2010 and recently promoted to Vice Principal level, with the role of Director of Partnerships, Jo is now responsible for partnerships, building capacity in the newly formed Airedale Multi-Academies Trust, building leadership capacity, maintaining links with Outwood TSA and for raising the attainment of pupils in both English and Maths.
Jo’s SLE deployments to date have been extremely varied and extremely enjoyable - the first deployment was at Outwood Academy Adwick, during which time she mentored non-specialist English teachers and equipped them to be able to confidently teach Year 10 English. Alongside this, Jo has been deployed to facilitate sessions of the NPQML and the NPQSL. In addition, she has spent a great deal of time training new SLEs from across the Yorkshire and the Humber region on behalf of Outwood TSA and Jo is now the Lead Facilitator for the Teaching School.