Professor Cathy Nutbrown

Professor Cathy Nutbrown

Cathy is an inspirational teacher and researcher in the School of Education whose work has had a profound impact on early childhood education.

Focused on creating a climate of respectful education, Cathy’s research aims to develop progressive curriculum and pedagogy for the benefit of all young children. She has developed a wealth of expertise in the areas of early literacy work with parents and family literacy in prisons, as well as inclusion in early years education.

Cathy’s work has significantly influenced government policy, improving the life chances of many of Britain’s most disadvantaged children. She led the highly-regarded Nutbrown Review of early education and childcare qualifications, which identified improvements needed in the training of those working with children. In 2014, Cathy was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Prize for Research with Outstanding Impact on Society in recognition of her work on family literacy. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nursery World Awards.

Cathy’s colleagues said: “Professor Nutbrown’s work is very well known in Britain and beyond. Her personal qualities of rigour, humanity, great knowledge, being an outstanding teacher and her sheer love of learning have inspired, and continue to inspire, so many of us to work and research at the University of Sheffield.”