Sir David Carter awarded Honorary Degree for education leadership

Issue date: 14 July 2017


Sir David Carter

Sir David Carter is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education (Hon DEd) by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in recognition of his commitment to educational leadership.

Sir David Carter became National Schools Commissioner on 1 February 2016, having previously worked for 18 months as Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West.

Sir David is the former CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a post he held from September 2007 to August 2014.

Sir David is a music graduate of the University of London and has taught music in comprehensive schools across the country since he started teaching in September 1983. In 1997, he became head teacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire.

In 2003 Sir David joined the Department for Education to spearhead the National Remodelling Team, supporting primary, special and secondary schools to introduce the workforce remodelling programme.

In 2004, Sir David was appointed Principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol and led the formation of the Cabot Learning Federation, now made up of 15 schools.

He became one of the first National Leaders of Education and, in the summer of 2011, the Cabot Learning Federation successfully applied to become one of the first Teaching Schools in the country.

Sir David received a knighthood for his services to education in the Queen's birthday honours in 2013.

“It is an honour to receive this award from a University that has been so influential in raising standards in Bristol. As a co-sponsor of the Cabot Learning Federation I saw very clearly how important their role was in improving our schools.”

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education (Hon DEd) will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Art, Creative Industries and Education at Bristol Cathedral on 19 July at 17:00.

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