Katy Theobald

‘We live in a country where you can predict a child’s educational outcomes based on their family income. To me this is fundamentally wrong. I’ve focused my career on tackling educational inequity and I’m inspired by SVA’s unique, evidence-informed response to this challenge.’

Katy is the Associate Director of SVA’s Bright Spots Schools Connection. She brings an international perspective to the team through her work in the UK’s public and for purpose sector and her educational research in England, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and Australia.

Katy has worked as a teacher in India and as a teaching assistant and university lecturer in England. She began her career as a public service management consultant, delivering strategy, programme management and continuous improvement projects for the UK’s National Health Service. Prior to joining SVA, Katy was Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at the UK’s largest teacher and leader development charity.

In 2018, Katy was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to conduct comparative research on the leadership of future-focused schools. Katy has an MPhil in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge and a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and the co-author of Education and Learning: an evidence-based approach.