About Jo

Jo Steer is an experienced and passionate learning practitioner and wellbeing expert, with a decade of experience in both primary and secondary schools within West Yorkshire.

Jo profile picAt the primary level, Jo taught in year 4 to 6, as well as being a Leader in Learning, Collaborative Learning Champion, Humanities Coordinator and Acting SENDco. Moving into secondary education, she lead an alternative core curriculum to SEND children who were not ‘secondary-ready’ and was the coordinator of a unique department for mainstream KS3 students, based on developing life skills such as empathy, teamwork, resilience, attention etc.

Looking to take on a new challenge and ‘spread the message’, Jo left her secondary role in July 2017, and soon after transformed her educational blog, skillswithfills.com, into a business, Skills with Frills Education Ltd.

The business initially began as an upgraded alternative to supply cover for schools; a means by which schools could cover lessons, minus the last-minute planning from staff, and ensure quality, long-lasting learning for their students based on the same range of life-skills Jo had spent years teaching.

As a life-long anxiety sufferer and advocate of mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy and self-help, it’s hardly surprising that wellbeing and mindfulness have organically become a key part of everything that the business offers – the frills to our skills – a mindfulness-based approach to learning and life. See Jo’s wellbeing-themed articles in TES here.

Alongside her teaching qualifications, Jo is also trained in: 
– Mindfulness for 7-11 year olds (British Mindfulness Institute)
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (British Mindfulness Institute)
– CBT Essentials (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) with the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT Accreditation L2)
– Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner (Archimedes Earth – Forest School Education)
– ‘Yogakidz’ teaching, listed in the UK teachers’ directory here.

Jo is currently delivering a range of different services to infants, junior and secondary schools within West Yorkshire, from weekly ‘supply cover‘ in which one class, many classes or many groups are taught wellbeing/mindfulness-themed lessons, to one-off Mindfulness Masterclasses and workshops, taught as a one-off to classes, year-groups or schools.

Her unique knowledge, training and experience; her enthusiasm for student-lead, skill-based learning; her need to empower, motivate, calm and care for children, altogether provide an enriching classroom experience for your students.

If you’d like to see Jo in action at your school, contact us here to arrange a booking or to discuss options.

Want to hear more from Jo herself? Take a peek at the Skills with Frills blog, or check out Jo’s numerous wellbeing articles on TES. Interested specifically in overcoming anxiety and gaining happiness? Jo blogs frequently on these very topics at Anxious-Ambition.com