I teach Primary Science on the PGCE Primary course and am a TeachFirst Subject Tutor for primary Science. Prior to this, I worked as a Science Subject Leader and primary school teacher for ten years in UK state maintained primary schools. Perhaps for this reason, I also teach the Introduction to Primary Schools module for Education Studies. I am currently studying a PhD in how teachers learn to change their assessment practice in primary Science.
I am interested in how teachers are trained and how pupil progress is assessed within other educational systems too. I have visited the teacher training college at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao and the Universitat de Manresa, Catalunya. I speak fluent Spanish and am happy to help colleagues with translation.
Aside from my passion for teaching children science, I am also interested in giving children the opportunity to learn and flourish outdoors. I completed my Master's Research in the field of improving writing outcomes for infant school children through creative play outdoors, and developed a framework for teaching and improving writing through outdoor learning. I have also written about outdoor play and learning for one to three year olds.
- BA (Hons), Leicester University
- PGCE Primary, Bath Spa University
- MTeach, Bath Spa University.
- PGCE (Primary)
- OCN Level 3 Forest School Leader.
- Academic Collaborator on GRENEA (Grupo de Investigacion en Educacion, Neurociencia, Experimentacion y Aprendizaje)
- Member of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE)
- Member of the British Education Research Association (BERA).
- Primary Science and outdoor learning.
Research and academic outputs
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2014) Outdoor play for 1-3 year olds: how to set up and run your own outdoor toddler group. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138778511
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2013) Learning on your doorstep: stimulating writing through creative play outdoors for ages 5-9. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415536820
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2017) Factors influencing whole school change to teachers' assessment practice in primary science. In: Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE) Conference, 23 - 25 October 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2017) Does dissemination mode for research make a difference to reaching in-service primary teachers? In: 8th TEAN Annual Conference: Thinking Deeply about Teacher Education, 11 - 12 May 2017, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.