Dr Jo Winwood

Senior Lecturer, Special Needs and Inclusion Studies

Email address: J.Winwood@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 32 3003 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Special and Inclusive Education


Jo’s research interests focus primarily around the area of Special and Inclusive Education. This stems from her previous positions as a SENCO and teacher within an EBD setting. 

Currently she is looking at the issues that exist between the SEN Code of Practice in theory and practice and the conflicting tensions and expectations faced by SENCOs when working with the revised Code of Practice.

Jo has completed her education doctorate on The Role of the SENCO – Policy into Practice.

Research interests

  • Online and blended learning
  • Student support (particularly for distance learning)
  • Working with external partners/CPD

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the editorial board, Journal of Global Education and Research.


  • Winwood, J. and Rozsahegyi, T. Moving from segregation to inclusion: developing professional practice to enable learning. The 1st National Conference for Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Myanmar. 26th November, 2016, Nay Pyi Taw
  • University of Birmingham, Educational Doctorate – Policy into Practice; The changing role of the SENCO.  2013
  • PGC Autistic Spectrum Disorders   2004
  • Masters of Education   2001
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) 2:1   1998


Winwood J, Leese M, O'Connor J, Jowallah R, Waller T, Bitou A (2010) The Power of Ideas: Structure, power and knowledge. Paper presented at EECERA 2010, Birmingham.Winwood, J. and Lamond, C. Looked after children and HE. Frank Buttle Trust Conference, 12th Novmber, 2009. London.

Winwood, J. and Lamond, C. Looked after children and HE. Achievements and aspirations – the Fostering Network Conference. 26-27th June 2009, London

Winwood, J. Working towards inclusion – from academic to practical approaches. 4th July 2009 University of Birmingham, School of Education

Winwood, J. and Brown, Z. Developing Carers’ Understanding of Higher Education. Aimhigher Annual Conference, 7th October, 2009 London
Research Conference Posters

Winwood, J. and Lamond, C. When is she going to tell me what to do? Enabling practitioners to develop self-efficacy as HE students. European First Year Experience (EFYE), 13-15th May 2009. University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Winwood, J. What did you do today? The changing role of the SENCO. University of Birmingham, School of Education, 4th July, 2009

Winwood, J. (2016) Leading and Managing for inclusion. In Brown, Z. (ed) Inclusive Education: Perspectives on Pedagogy, Policy and Practice. London, Routledge.

Previous professional experience

Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton 2005 - 2005

Planned, delivered and marked undergraduate modules in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies.

Teacher, Primary School 2004 - 2005

Class teacher, Year 3 and Special Educational Needs Teacher, advising staff on in class support strategies (Year R to Year 6).

Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO), Primary School 2001 - 2004

Teacher, Special School 2000 - 2001

Teacher at a Pupil Referral Unit for children and young people in care.

Residential Social Worker, Care Services 1999 - 2000

Care and support for children in care.

NQT, Primary School 1999 - 1999

Class teacher, Year3/4 class. SENCO assistant

Further information

Managed a ten place unit for children with moderate learning difficulties, Autism and behavioural needs.  Managed and supported teaching assistants to support children with SEN in class.  Responsible for pupil assessment and development of individual learning plans.

Course Leader, MA (Education) Module leader for undergraduate and post graduate modules in SEN.

Lead tutor, National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (University of Wolverhampton and SERCO).

I am responsible for the development of online learning at M level. All aspects of the course are delivered online, including student support, assignments and feedback.

CPD in inclusion and SEN. Short courses for teaching, support and care staff working for local authorities in the UK and internationally.