Dr Joy Carroll

Joy Carroll 2020

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Primary Education

Contact Details

email: joy.carroll@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855050

Joy trained as a Primary School teacher and started her teaching career in the London Borough of Brent. She has taught in America, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Joy held a range of leadership roles including Lead Teacher for Literacy, Key Stage One Moderator for a Local Authority, Geography and History Coordinator, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Key Stage 1 Manager and Assistant Head Teacher.

Following her experience in schools she worked as an advisor in Worcestershire Local Authority in the area of School Workforce, providing guidance and support to school leaders on professional development and deployment of support staff. This was an interesting role as she was in post at the time when workforce remodelling was introduced. Joy led the TDA Induction training for Teaching Assistants and managed a programme of training which supported TAs to gain qualifications, this included working with Higher level Teaching Assistants on preparation for assessment.

Joy works in the Centre for Primary Initial Teacher Education where she holds the posts of Module Leader for Y3 Dissertation Module, Geography lecturer on the PGCE and UG programmes and she supports Primary Placements.

Her research interests include school-university partnerships and how policy informs practice in ITT. Joy studied for a Doctorate in Education at University College London, researching the impact of how schools and universities work collaboratively to support Initial Teacher Education within the different routes into teaching.



  • Doctor in Education
  • MSc: Educational Management and Leadership
  • BSc: (Hons) Geography with Education Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Children's Services, Primary Mathematics and Primary Geography Certificate in Education in Education and Professional Studies
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Certificate in Education

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Joy specialises in areas of professional practice and research. She teaches on the Undergraduate and Post-graduate courses. Her subject specialisms are in Geography and research methods. She is a school experience supervisor on the university-led and school-led routes including Apprenticeship and School Direct programmes.

Research Interests

Joy’s doctoral research explored how schools and universities work together on the different ITT routes. The title of her Doctoral research was: The Conceptual Understanding of a Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Partnership within a School-led ITT system: Pulling together or pulling apart?

Further research interests lie within the field of Mentoring, specifically in exploring how the lead mentor’s role in ITT is a cornerstone of the ITT partnership.

Joy has an interest in policy and practice within ITT. She has an academic interest in how the Teachers’ Standards underpin practice and is the author of The Teachers' Standards in  Primary Schools. Second Edition. Understanding and Evidencing Effective. She has worked with colleagues in Poland and Albania to co-write a publication about primary education in the UK and in Poland and Albania.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the  Higher Education Academy (2013)


Miko-Giedyk, J. Carroll,J.Kashahu Xhelilaj, L. Zenelaga,B and Sotirofski,K (2020) Contemporary Problems in Teacher's Work in Poland, the United Kingdom and Albania. Poland. Impuls.

Carroll, J. and Alexander, G.N. ( 2020) The Teachers' Standards in Primary Schools. Second Edition. Understanding and Evidencing Effective Practice. London. Sage.

Howard, C., Carroll, J., Owens, J. and Langston, D. (2020) ‘The School Mentor’s Guide: How to mentor newly qualified and recently qualified teachers’ Sage: Learning Matters.

Carroll, J. Hughes, D. and Williams, L. (2019) Geographical Journeys through Timeless Tales. Primary Geography, Issue 100, p. 18-19.

Howard, C., Carroll, J., & Knight, C. (2017) Understanding British Values in Education. Learning Matters Sage.

Carroll, J. and Alexander, G.N. (2016) The Teachers' Standards in Primary Schools. Understanding and Evidencing Effective Practice. London. Sage.

Carroll, J. (2005) One World Week. Primary Geographer, (58), p.59.

Conference Presentations

Carroll, J. (2017) Policy and Practice: Initial Teacher Training Routes in England. Pädagogische Hochschule Kärnten - Viktor Frankl Hochschule (PHK) University College of Teacher Education (UCTE) Austria

Carroll, J. (2015) The Impact of a school cluster model upon the outcomes for Post-Graduate Certificate in education Trainee Teachers.University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference.

Carroll, J. (2014) The Battle for Teacher Education. Reform in International and National Context. Centre for Educational Research, Bergen University College.

Annual Conference and Exhibition. Geographical Association (2012). University of Manchester.

Carroll,J. (2011) The Contribution of Action Research to Professional Learning for Teaching Assistants. Education and Social Research Conference

External Roles

Primary School Governor, Herefordshire