Meet the team

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Jo Davey

The LIT Programme Lead

Jo has worked in education as a teacher, subject lead and intervention programme manager since 2009. She is an experienced Literacy Specialist with a background in supporting both primary and secondary schools, and is skilled in educational assessment, interventions, research, and tutoring. 

Jo manages Hackney Education’s Literacy Intervention Toolkit (LIT) Programme, which employs evidence based strategies to increase progress in English, Literacy and the wider curriculum for the lowest achieving students in year 7. She also offers advice on assessment and intervention for reading and writing, and developing literacy across the curriculum. Jo has experience of guiding schools through re-evaluating their phonics provision and implementing assessment processes. Her interest in early reading and supporting children who struggle to gain the skills to read led to her to a Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with The Institute of Education, London, and to become a qualified dyslexia teacher. 

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Joanna Murray

School improvement project officer

Jo has worked in education settings for over 20 years. Since graduating in media communications she has worked on various projects, ranging from company CPD to University recruitment within the UK and internationally.

Jo has worked for Hackney Education since 2007 starting in the HR department before joining the School Improvement team in 2008. She is a project officer for the Hackney Education traded literacy projects: Destination Reader, Daily Supported Reading and The Lit Programme. The projects are used by schools across the UK, China and Denmark. Jo works with colleagues to ensure a high level of support across all aspects of the programmes.

Jo has also worked with members of the team and provided support to projects funded as part of the School Strategic Improvement Fund and the Education Endowment Foundation.