About

I am interested in the application of critical thinking to active global citizenship education and partnerships work and participatory models of community-led education development.

At the heart of this is a desire to bring a power dimension to all forms of service and partnerships education in schools and communities.

To discuss EduSpots or consultancy support email cdavison@eduspots.org.

Teaching

I have taught full-time for over 10 years, teaching Philosophy, Religious Studies, Critical Thinking and Theory of Knowledge at secondary level, alongside coaching sport. From 2014-2017, I was Housemistress of Seldon House at Brighton College and in 2017-2018 I was offered a sponsored sabbatical year to live in Ghana to further develop EduSpots, also supporting the development of pastoral care and community service at African Science Academy in Tema, Ghana. In 2018, I moved back to the UK to take on a full-time role teaching and leading an ‘Institute’ of service and partnerships at Sevenoaks School.

Leadership

Whilst teaching full-time, after several years of partnerships engagement and research in rural Ghana, I worked with hundreds of students, teachers and community educators in Ghana to create EduSpots, a collaborative education charity which aims to connect, train and equip educational Catalysts to drive community-led change. We work in partnership with the Ghana Library Authority.

Since 2015, EduSpots has supported the creation of 50 community-led education spaces, with an estimated 15,000 annual users supported by an active network of over 250 local volunteers. To achieve this, I’ve led over £500,000 of fundraising, combined with much more at the community level and resource support of over 120,000 books, science kits, and computers. The project won the Tes International Award in 2018, and was shortlisted for the EDUCOM Award for NGO Contribution to Education in Ghana.

I am also Chair of the Schools Community Action group linked to the Independent Schools Council, aiming to support teachers across the UK in developing the quality of student engagement and community impact in community action activities. During the first pandemic, I was a board member for Invicta Academy, an online pop-school which was praised by the Prime Minister having created over 150,000 catch-up opportunities.

Education

I studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, followed by a fourth year in Management Studies at Cambridge’s Judge Business School, also representing the university in football and hockey. Whilst teaching, I gained a PGCE with QTS at Buckingham University before completing an MA in Education and International Development part-time at UCL, gaining a Distinction. My dissertation exploring literacy as a social practice applying postcolonial thinking was used as a model for the next cohort.

I have also participated in the Cambridge Social Ventures Weekend and was recently passed a six month learning programme with the Ashoka Changemakers Academy, sponsored by American Express, which focuses on systems change and good governance.

Interests

Alongside collaborating with teachers and community educators, I enjoy reading, writing and oil painting. I ultimately thrive on any form of creativity that promotes collaboration for stronger societal understanding and action of various forms. Please do reach out on cdavison@eduspots.org