Cat Davison (Founder and CEO) has direct oversight of all elements of the EduSpots project’s ongoing development. She is passionate about both the role communities can play in transforming educational opportunities and the importance of community-centred education.
Cat studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College Cambridge (2006-2009), followed by a Part II in Management Studies at Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and a PGCE (with QTS) at Buckingham University. Whilst teaching, she completed an MA in International Development and Education at UCL (distinction), writing a 22,000 word dissertation on literacy as a social practice.
Cat was given a sponsored sabbatical year by Brighton College to live in Ghana in 2017/2018 to develop the EduSpots project; during this period she also volunteered at the recently established African Science Academy supporting with pastoral care, university applications and creating the EduSpots catalyst programme. She has been working with schools and communities in Ghana for the past ten years, having previously led a school partnership whilst working at Repton School before moving to Brighton College as Housemistress of Seldon House, where the project was initiated in 2015 under the name ‘Reading Spots’.
She is currently Director of Service and Social Impact at Sevenoaks School, and Chair of the Independent School Council’s Schools Community Action Group, hoping to bring teachers together to advance the quality and impact of service education in schools. She is also a Board Member at Invicta Academy, which has so far provided over 37,000 online learning opportunities in Maths and English to students across the UK who had been disadvantaged by the lockdown period.
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