Cat Davison

Chair / Founder

Cat has overall oversight of EduSpots’ ongoing development as a voluntary CEO. She is passionate about both the role communities can play in transforming educational opportunities and the importance of critically reflective community-centred education in schools.  Her own understanding of education has been transformed through working with teachers and volunteers across the EduSpots network and beyond. She was recently selected as a finalist for the Varkey Foundation’s $1million Global Teacher Prize in partnership with UNESCO.

Cat studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College Cambridge, followed by a Part II in Management Studies at Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and a PGCE at Buckingham University. She later completed an MA in International Development and Education at UCL (distinction, part-time), writing a qualitative research project exploring literacy as a social practice, considering the potentially divisive consequences of community literacy programmes and exploring decolonized models of educational development.

Whilst developing EduSpots, she has taught philosophy and coached sport full-time for 11 years at four UK schools, gaining pastoral experience as a Housemistress at Brighton College. In 2017, after working with colleagues on education projects in Ghana since 2012, she was sponsored to spend a sabbatical year in Ghana to develop EduSpots, also working at the African Science Academy in Tema, where she supported the development of pastoral care, alongside creating the EduSpots Youth Catalyst Programme. This has since developed into the CLEd (Community Leadership in Education) programme.

She is currently Director of Service and Partnerships at Sevenoaks School and Chair of the Schools Community Action Group which aims to bring teachers together to advance the impact of active citizenship education in school across the UK, and beyond. In 2020, she was a board member and volunteer mathematics teacher for Invicta Academy, which continues to support thousands of students with online Covid-19 catch-up lessons, and in 2021 she was selected for the six month Ashoka Changemakers Academy, sponsored by American Express.

She is always keen to talk to anyone interested in supporting, collaborating or with suggestions for improving EduSpots’ work. She is also available to offer talks.  To get in touch, email cdavison@eduspots.org.