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Jo joined the NFER as a researcher in 2012, in the Centre for Assessment. She has worked on a range of test development projects, producing tests for primary and secondary school pupils, in mathematics, reading and verbal reasoning. Jo’s test development work has involved writing, reviewing, trialling and analysing test items, to assess a wide range of skills in mathematics and literacy.
Jo has also worked on evaluation projects, conducting qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate different mathematics teaching programmes and resources. Jo’s other recent work has involved contributing to international comparison studies such as reporting England and Northern Ireland’s results in the OECD survey, PIACC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies), and in training the markers for the PISA test for Scotland.
Through attending primary school mathematics conferences Jo has been able to develop contacts with Key Stage 1 and 2 practitioners and maths co-ordinators and to keep up-to-date with current maths teaching practices in primary schools.
Prior to working at the NFER, Jo worked at a special needs secondary school for children with autism. She has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods, specialising in cognitive developmental research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has conducted research projects across a range of educational settings with infants and primary school aged children