Sara Boomsma

Sara Boomsma has been with Optimus Education since 2011 and is the conference production manager. She is responsible for the production side of the conference division and ensuring the highest possible standards in programme research, development and execution. 

She has a particular interest in the fields of special educational needs, supporting vulnerable learners and school leadership.

In her spare time Sara loves to sing and can be found performing with Starling Arts.

Contact Sara on sara.boomsma@optimus-education.com and find her on twitter at @saraboomsma.

Latest blog posts

Sara Boomsma

Anxiety: a growing epidemic?

The pressure placed on pupils today is ever mounting. Expectations and social pressures leave some pupils unable to cope. Here are some top tips for supporting pupils with anxiety. The pressure placed on pupils today is ever mounting. Expectations surrounding academic achievement, coupled with...
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Sara Boomsma

Let’s talk about mental health

For Children’s Mental Health Week, two colleagues share their experiences of having friends and family with mental health difficulties. Sara’s story This important week has made me reflect on my own experiences of being a sibling of someone with mental health difficulties, and why it is always...
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Sara Boomsma

How to tackle LGBT bullying in school

How can schools prevent homophobic, biphobic and transgender bullying? We spoke to Gail McVicar, independent consultant, to find out more about what can be done in schools. The statistics surrounding the experience of LGBT children and young people are extremely shocking. With teachers saying they...
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Developing resilience and promoting mindfulness in schools

Here are some of the key learnings from my day at the COBIS ‘ Measuring Success: Wellbeing, Resilience, Education & Leadership in British Schools Overseas ’ conference. 1. Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing The conference kicked off with a keynote address from Dominic Peckham (...
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Supporting high-quality SEND

Yesterday, it was our inaugural Supporting High-Quality SEND Teaching in the Classroom conference. The event was attended by nearly 150 education professionals including SENCOs, Assistant Headteachers and Inclusion Managers, to name but a few. The day kicked off with an inspiring keynote from...
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Middle leaders: beat the stress and lead your team to outstanding

Battling time constraints, managing staff, engaging in the day-to-day running of the school and teaching high-quality, differentiated lessons... is it any wonder that today’s middle leaders are stressed? Now that the Government and Ofsted have upped their focus on accountability and a wider range...
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