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Joy Carroll

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


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 Y2 Professional Studies, Geography lecturer on the PGCE and UG programmes and  Manager for UG Primary Placements. Her research interests include action research and how policy informs practice in ITT. Joy is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at University College London, researching the impact of how schools and universities can work collaboratively to support Initial Teacher Education within the different routes into teaching.

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
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Joy Carroll teaches on the undergraduate and post-graduate courses. She is Manager for Primary placements and school supervisor on the undergraduate, post-graduate and School Direct programmes. Joy is Module leader for Y2 Professional Studies PITE 2001.

In 2015  PITE 2001 was nominated for Best Module in the University of Worcester Student Choice Awards.

In 2016 PITE 2001 WON Best Module in the University of Worcester Student Choice Awards.


Research Interests

Initial Teacher Education: Collaborative practice between schools and universities
Early Years Pedagogy and practice
Geography in the Primary Classroom
Action Research



Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Ambassador for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Geographical Association




Howard, C., Carroll, J., & Knight, C. (Autumn 2017 publication date) 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 Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Joy Carroll holds the post of School Governor in a Herefordshire primary school.