I currently teach with the Education Studies team and have worked extensively with the Primary Science team on the Primary PGCE. Teaching is a passion of mine and I can draw upon ten years’ teaching and leading science in UK primary schools. My interest in teachers’ learning has also taken me to the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao and the Universitat de Manresa, Catalunya. I speak fluent Spanish and am happy to help colleagues with translation.
I am currently studying a PhD that examines how ideas to change assessment practice in primary science are disseminated to teachers and then enacted within schools.
I am also interested in the application of outdoor learning to improve learning outcomes for children at school. I developed a framework for teaching and improving writing through outdoor learning as part of my Masters and have written two books on this topic.
- BA (Hons), Leicester University
- PGCE Primary, Bath Spa University
- MTeach, Bath Spa University.
- PGCE (Primary)
- OCN Level 3 Forest School Leader.
- Academic Collaborator, GRENEA (Grupo de Investigacion en Educacion, Neurociencia, Experimentacion y Aprendizaje)
- Member, Association of Teacher Educators in Europe (ATEE)
- Member, British Education Research Association (BERA)
- Member, Chartered College of Teaching.
- Primary education
- Primary science
- 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
Reaching in-service primary teachers with research innovations: the role of dissemination events in stimulating download activity
Hopwood-Stephens, I and McMahon, K (2019) 'Reaching in-service primary teachers with research innovations: the role of dissemination events in stimulating download activity.' European Journal of Teacher Education, 42 (3). pp. 297-314. ISSN 0261-9768
Teachers' attempts to improve assessment practice in primary science are influenced by job role and teaching experience
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2018) 'Teachers' attempts to improve assessment practice in primary science are influenced by job role and teaching experience.' Journal of Emergent Science, 15. pp. 57-66. ISSN 2046-4754
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2018) 'The TAPS pyramid: where, who and how?' Primary Science, 2018. pp. 8-9. ISSN 0269-2465
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2019) What's happening in primary schools where schoolwide changes to teacher practice are possible? In: School of Education Doctoral Conference 2019 - Diversity, Equity and Innovation: Educational Research for the Future, 3-4 June 2019, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
Hopwood-Stephens, I (2018) Diversity of assessment literacy among in-service primary teachers. In: 9th Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference, 10 - 11 May 2018, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
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.