Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Cat Scutt, Nicky Phillips and Dr Julie Nugent

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving.

The Chartered College of Teaching has appointed Cat Scutt as director of knowledge and research to work on its online knowledge platform and help to produce termly journals.

She was head of learning technology and innovation at the Girls’ Day School Trust. A former English teacher, she is also studying for her PhD at the UCL Institute of Education, looking at the use of simulation to support school leadership development.

Speaking of her new role, she said: “The pressure on all teachers is time and the challenge is to produce something that’s valuable for them, and that fits into the high pressure environment in which they’re working.”

Within the next year, Scutt hopes to have “built a platform that meets the needs of teachers in terms of accessing and understanding knowledge and research that’s out there and being able to share their own”.

She will start at the college, which aims to provide support for educators as well as share and develop evidence-based practice, next month.


Nicky Phillips has taken over as principal of St Michael’s primary school in Wiltshire, part of the Salisbury Plain Academies Trust.

She was deputy head at St Mark’s junior school in Salisbury.

Her appointment has come at a key time for the school as it faces expansion next year when record numbers of pupils are expected after the Army moves bases.

Phillips says her new role has come at the right time for her “personally and professionally”, adding: “It really is a new era for St Michael’s. In 2018 we will take delivery of our fabulous new school and as a multi-academy trust we have more exciting developments coming on line.”

Phillips began teaching after taking time out post-university to travel. It was then that she realised “how committed” she was to serving others, and “getting it right in order to improve life chances for children”.


Dr Julie Nugent is the new chief executive of the Design & Technology Association.

The association, set up 20 years ago, represents all those involved in design and technology education and associated subject areas.

Nugent comes from a background of higher and further education, and for the past five years has worked at a large college in Birmingham as a commercial director.

She was also a key member of the team responsible for the establishment of the national Skills Funding Agency.

Speaking of her appointment, she said: “Post-Brexit it’s going to be critical to have our own talent coming through. We need to make absolutely sure we’re giving our youngsters those sorts of skills around technology and design to help to support UK industry.”

She said she also hoped more women would take up the subject. At present a “huge amount” of engineering companies were not recruiting many women.

She will start her new job next month.



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