Before joining the University, Catherine taught in a number of primary schools in Birmingham and Durham where she was also a member of the senior leadership team and held roles such as English Lead and Art Lead. Whilst working as a teacher, Catherine completed her MA in Teaching Studies which researched the impact that classical music can have on improving concentration levels for pupils in Upper Key Stage Two.
Between September 2020 and December 2022, Catherine was a Research Fellow in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, where she contributed to a research project focused on character education pedagogies.
Whilst working as a Research Fellow at The Jubilee Centre, Catherine created a set of resources for pupils aged 5-7 years old called, ‘Read Grow Go’. Each lesson in the programme uses a story as a stimulus to teach a different character virtue. The lessons provide teachers with resources, practical activities and questions that promote class discussion and individual reflection on each of the virtues.
Catherine also co-created resources for parents, carers and guardians to use with their children, offering opportunities for character development outside of the classroom during the seasons of Christmas, Easter and Summer.
Catherine contributed to the Framework in Action project which involved working with five schools located across England, each with an exemplary character education provision, to demonstrate how the Jubilee Centre’s Framework for Character Education in Schools had been used as a source of inspiration by schools across the UK. The two primary schools and three secondary schools who participated in the project designed and produced innovative and practical examples of how the Framework can effectively be put into action in schools.
Catherine was a Birmingham Challenge Lead in 2022 and 2023, enabling and supporting student research as part of the annual Birmingham Challenge. An Academic Challenge Lead is responsible for writing a Project Brief which details the various areas of research that can be explored in relation to the challenge and supporting students in their exploration of the challenge as well as contributing to a final assessment.