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After graduating Jo went on to complete a PGCE with Chester, Jo Brassington is an educator, and graduate in Fine Art and Education Studies from followed by a Master’s in educational research from the University of Oxford.

Jo spoke to students taking the Inclusion Matters module on the Education Studies and Primary Education Studies programmes where students explore a range of potential barriers to education.

Jo is a Primary school teacher and works in a number of ways to try and make educational spaces safer, emotionally honest, and inclusive. Together with their brother Tom Brassington, Jo has written a children’s picture book called Bottled, which supports vital conversations with children about their emotions, mental wellbeing, and the importance of being emotionally honest. Jo also co-hosts a podcast called Pride Progress, where LGBTQ+ educators come to share the brilliant work they are doing to make their spaces more accessible.

Dr Helen Eadon-Sinkinson, Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader Education Studies in the University’s Faculty of Education and Children's Services, said: “The feedback and comments from students was really positive with many saying how today's session will help them in their future career pathways which include teaching, art therapy and social work amongst other areas.”

“Thank you to Jo for taking the time to give such an inspirational talk.”

Jo said: “It was such a pleasure being able to share some of what I have learnt since graduating from the course, with the students who are on the course currently. Sharing good practice and having honest conversations about the future of education is how we keep moving forward and creating a more emotionally honest and inclusive education system for future generations.” 

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