Mary Hennessy Jones

P/T Lecturer - Education

Institute of Education

I have worked in ten different primary schools across Cheshire over 39 years as a teacher and a Head Teacher.

Four years ago I retired from primary education in schools and joined Staffs Uni to support the training of new teachers.

I work as a School Improvement Partner and consultant in primary schools.

I am Chair of Governors in a large primary school in Crewe and a governor in a secondary school.

I work part time as a tutor supporting students to become the best teachers possible for our children. I believe that the quality of relationship between teacher and pupil is critical to the development of children’s brains, hearts and souls.

The other part of my time I work as an artist in the fields of drawing, printmaking, animation and film.

I am currently studying for an MA in Fine Art.

Academic qualifications

  • B Ed hons
  • DACC


  • Primary Education
  • Art
  • Creative development of curriculum
  • Management of behaviours
  • Some SEN expertise
  • Leadership development

Research interests

I am currently researching in the area of art.


I am a tutor for PGCE and QTS students.

Postgraduate supervision

  • I am a tutor on the PGCE primary course,
  • I have worked as a tutor for the Troops to Teachers programme.
Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020