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Jo Bishop took up a full time post with the University in June 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies.  Jo has worked in further and higher education teaching across a range of subject areas encompassing Social Policy, Sociology, Politics, Youth Work and Community Development, Applied Law (Youth Justice), Sociological aspects of Children and Young People’s Development, Research Methods and more recently Gender and Trans* Issues in formal education.

Research Expertise and Interests

Research interests / expertise

Education policy and change (Historical and contemporary).

Policies and provisions relating to the pastoral and inclusion agendas in secondary schools.

The increase in ‘paraprofessionals’ in state secondary schools.

Policy implementation and enactment with a specific focus on school settings.

The presence, contribution and effect of other professionals in school settings.

Children and young people’s perspectives on and experiences of formal schooling.

Mentoring as a youth intervention.

The growth of third sector alternative education provisions.

Young People’s experiences of alternative education provisions.

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Research Output 2011 2017

Marginalized, Misunderstood, and Relatively Unseen: Using Institutional Ethnography to Explore the Everyday Work of Learning Mentors in an English State Secondary School

Sanderson, P. & Bishop, J., 15 Nov 2017, Perspectives on and from Institutional Ethnography: Studies in Qualitative Methodology, Volume 15. Reid, J. & Russell, L. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Vol. 15. p. 125-46 21 p. (Studies In Qualitative Methodology; vol. 15).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

secondary school
labor policy
New Labour
2 Citations (Scopus)

Learning mentors eight years on: Still removing barriers to learning?

Bishop, J., 1 May 2011, In : Research in Education. 85, 1, p. 30-42 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Activities 2015 2017

  • 1 Membership of a Society or Institute
  • 1 Oral presentation

Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Jo Bishop (Chair)
2015 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute