Jo joined the Education Policy Institute in March 2016. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters (MPA) in Public and Economic Policy (with distinction) in 2005; her second year of post-graduate study was completed at Columbia University in New York where she undertook a concentration in education policy at the Teachers’ College.
Jo’s background includes ten years as a statistician at the Department for Education, specializing in analysis and research of school outcomes to support policies including behaviour and attendance, floor standards and accountability, impact of multiple and early GCSE entry, attainment and HE entry gaps, and character education.
Major projects Jo has led on include the development and launch of the Disadvantage Attainment Gap Index, a world-first application of mean rank difference methodology to deliver standardized tracking of educational inequality across changing assessment measures; evidence for the London Mayor’s Education Inquiry; and international evidence for the National Curriculum Review.
Jo has authored the following major EPI reports:
- Education in England: Annual Report 2016
- Widening the gap? The impact of the 30-hour entitlement on early years education and childcare
- Divergent Pathways: the disadvantage gap, accountability and the pupil premium
- Grammar schools and social mobility
- School Inspection in England: Is there room to improve?
- Grammar schools and social mobility – Further analysis of policy options