Katherine Carruthers

Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools.Katharine has played a leading role in promoting and developing the study of Chinese and China across the curriculum in schools in England. This work has been made possible by the establishment of the Confucius Institute and 37 Confucius Classrooms - supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in partnership with Peking University and Peking University High School. The IOE Confucius Institute is an outstanding example of strong, successful partnership working.


Kat is an experienced teacher and examiner of Chinese. She is the series editor of the textbooks for teaching Chinese for 11-16 year olds and is Chief Examiner for Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese and Principal Examiner for IGCSE Mandarin for Cambridge International Examinations. She is currently working alongside colleagues at the Institute of Education, London University on the development of their PGCE course for teachers of Mandarin Chinese. Katharine graduated in Chinese from Durham University and has an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In December 2011, she was delighted to receive a Confucius Institute Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her work in this field. She is known nationally and internationally as an expert on the teaching of Chinese and about China in schools.