The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Sarah Hopp

Sarah Hopp has 25 years of experience as a specialist SEND leader, assessor and teacher for students with a wide range of complex needs including SEMH, ADHD, autism and dyslexia, and has also been a mainstream subject and pastoral teacher in a range of roles.

She develops SEND policy and practice across institutions and coaches SENDCos and teachers who are new to post.

Sarah has studied for a Doctorate in Education (Research) at the University of Glasgow with a focus on neurodiversity. She is a member of the Aim Higher London Disability Working Group and City of London SENDCo Networking Group and provides consultancy and training across a number of sectors.

She contributes to academic discussion at the International Professional Development Association and has presented at the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society annual national conference.

 

Latest blog posts

Sarah Hopp

For the love of learning: using the positive niche construction framework

Balancing pupil wellbeing and academic catch-up is challenging. Sarah Hopp explains how the PNC framework can help all learners flourish. In the recent Opportunity for all white paper the government announced that by 2030: 90% of learners should reach the expected standard in English and maths at...
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Sarah Hopp

Unconscious bias in the classroom and discreet disability

Teachers need to be aware of why they might react to certain behaviours in certain ways. Sarah Hopp provides some context for the self-reflection process. Someone may assume that a person is capable or not capable of doing something based only on their judgement of that person’s external appearance...
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Sarah Hopp

What is the purpose of education?

Critical, creative and divergent thinking are often overlooked in favour of employability skills. Sarah Hopp suggests a different approach. The definition of education has been the subject of intense debate since the time of Aristotle and Plato. The word itself comes from the Latin ‘e(x)ducare’,...
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