Cat Scutt

Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching
Speaking at


What highly effective teachers know, do and value: a tour of the key research in 40 minutes

We know that the quality of teaching a child receives is the most important in-school factor that influences their attainment and wider outcomes, and that it has a particularly large impact for disadvantaged pupils. But what constitutes high-quality teaching? How can we measure teacher effectiveness? What do highly effective teachers know, do and value? And, most importantly, how can we help teachers to develop the knowledge, practices and behaviours that make them highly effective?

This session explores key pieces of research from around the globe and their implications for practice for individual teachers, schools, and the wider education system, including approaches to selecting, training, and certifying teachers; the use of a range of different measures to identify teacher effectiveness; the knowledge, practices and behaviours that are associated with highly effective teaching; and the models of professional development that can help promote and develop these.


A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence. She has worked as a teacher and advisor in the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher CPD, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their termly peer reviewed journal, Impact. In addition, Cat is a studying for her doctorate at the UCL Institute of Education.

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