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Joanna Rigg

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

I am fascinated by how we learn. A varied teaching career has provided many opportunities to think about this. I continue to puzzle over the possibilities of how we can make it easier for children.


I am fascinated by how we learn. Why is it sometimes easy and at other times difficult? A varied teaching career, most recently as a head, has provided many opportunities to consider this. I enjoy working to explore effective strategies for teaching, so children find learning exciting, realise they are good at it and acquire the skills and motivation to continue to learn throughout their life.


  • BSc (Hons): Geography, University of Nottingham, 1977
  • PGTC, Postgraduate Teacher’s Certificate, University of London – Goldsmiths College, 1978
  • NPQH, National Professional Qualification for Headship, National College for School Leadership, 2003
  • PGCHE: Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire, 2010

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Geographical Association

Teaching & Research


Joanna teaches on primary education (Geography), special needs and professional studies.

External responsibilities

School Professional Development (Geography)