Katharine Carruthers

Katharine CarruthersI graduated from Durham University with a BA in Chinese Studies and worked for eight years as Assistant Director at the China-Britain Business Council, working with many companies doing business in China and travelling there regularly myself. From there I went to SOAS and gained an MA in Chinese Politics, Economics and International Relations. I began to teach Chinese in schools in 1993 and also to teach adult education classes.

I set up, with a partner, a small company with a big name – China Britain Education Exchange – to offer business Chinese and consultancy in the Cambridge area. I am a Principal Examiner for IGCSE and A-level Mandarin Chinese for Cambridge International Examinations and the Chair of Item Writers for Asset Languages and have been a consultant for a number of textbooks. I worked first for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as a consultant developing the Chinese Network and eforum to support teachers of Chinese in schools and organised the first Chinese conference for school teachers in March 2004.

I now work for SSAT as National Programme Coordinator for Chinese Networks and am also the Director of the SSAT Confucius Institute, working with colleagues in Britain and China to plan a programme of initiatives to develop the teaching of Mandarin and the study of China across the curriculum. I am also Schools Liaison Officer for the British Association of Chinese Studies.

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds
China-Britain Business Council
British Council