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The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Julia Sandford-Cooke

The 2021 Optimus blog quiz

In 2021, our blog covered everything from wellbeing, race and anxiety to school uniforms, finance and working with LSAs. Revisit your favourite posts to help you answer our quiz questions.

Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. Which of these tips is NOT helpful when tackling imposter syndrome?

  1. Ensure you feel comfortable at all times
  2. Say yes to new opportunities
  3. Track your successes
  4. Talk it out

Clue: see How to challenge the imposter within by Kelly Hannaghan

2. What does the P stand for in the PERMA approach to wellbeing?

  1. Participation
  2. Positive outcomes
  3. Protected feelings
  4. Positive emotions

Clue: see The PERMA approach to staff wellbeing by Nicola Harvey

3. What might be a definition for ‘highly multicultural’, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review quoted in our blog?

  1. A slight knowledge of several cultures
  2. High level of knowledge of one culture
  3. High level of knowledge of more than one culture
  4. High level of knowledge of more than two cultures

Clue: see Preparing young people for a multicultural world by Dr Karamat Iqbal

4. Which of our regular contributors wrote about spending an online lesson with a laptop bag on their head?

  1. Adele Bates
  2. Elizabeth Holmes
  3. Gareth D Morewood
  4. Liz Worthen

Clue: From teacher to TV presenter by... well, that would give the answer away!

5. Who defined zero in the year 628?

  1. Al Khwarizmi
  2. Brahmagupta
  3. Katherine Johnson
  4. Archimedes

Clue: What you don’t know, you don’t know! by Ashmi Morjaria

6. What is reported to cost parents more than £300 per year, per child?

  1. School trips
  2. School uniform
  3. Textbooks
  4. Stationery

Clue: see School uniform: The gender debate by Kirsty Ruthven

7. In a recent research survey for Lego, what did 71% of boys say they were afraid of?

  1. Only being allowed to play with ‘boys’ toys’
  2. Becoming a teacher
  3. Being teased if they played with ‘girls’ toys’
  4. Not being valued in society

Clue: see Like a girl: Gender stereotypes in education by Oliva Dickinson

8. According to government figures, 3.3% of people who are living in the UK are Black. What percentage of headteachers in the UK are Black?

  1. 1%
  2. 3.3%
  3. 5%
  4. 7.5%

Clue: see Representation in school leadership: Accountability, visibility, action by Aldaine Wynter

9. In digital media, what is ‘reading upstream’?

  1. Accepting fake news as fact
  2. Cross-checking online facts using printed materials
  3. Checking the online sources of an internet article
  4. Clicking only on the first two results of an internet search

Clue: Navigating digital media: an essential part of the school curriculum? by Luke Ramsden

10. Which country has been often quoted this year as having a per-pupil budget on catch-up funding nine times larger than Scotland and Northern Ireland?

  1. England
  2. The Netherlands
  3. Australia
  4. Japan

Clue: After Covid-19 – is there a catch in catching up? by Elizabeth Holmes


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