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Joanna Hume

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I have a first degree in Language and Linguistic Science. Following graduation I completed a PGCE and entered into the primary teaching profession. During my career in mainstream primary schools in the North-East of England I specialised in early years teaching, with a particular interest in outdoor learning. I completed a Masters in Education in 2011 and, following that, began teaching on the North Tyneside School Centered Initial Teacher Training programme. I joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and currently lead the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme. I am currently studying for my PhD, researching the impact of forest school upon young children.

Joanna Hume

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus West



My overarching research interests are forest school, outdoor education, and child language development in the context of early years education. I am currently a doctoral student researching the impact of outdoor sessions (specifically, forest school) upon young children. Completion date: 2023.

  • Education MEd May 30 2011
  • Linguistics BA (Hons) July 31 1991
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Qualified Teacher General Teaching Council (GTC) 1992


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