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Carolyn Hopkins

Lecturer- Primary Education (Expressive Arts)

Carolyn Hopkins



Carolyn is a lecturer in the expressive arts and teaches on the postgraduate, undergraduate, and Work-Based routes for initial teacher training (ITT). She has taught in Berkshire Primary schools for 17 years. She has extensive experience of practice in Years 2 and 6 and of subject leadership in Maths, English, and Creative Arts.

Further afield, she has worked on national Action Research projects within the primary sector and with NGO’s supporting and training Primary practitioners in Southeast (SE) Asia. She has a BA (Hons), PGCE, and an MA in Education, Society and Culture.

She is passionate about ensuring that our trainee teachers go into practice with the knowledge, confidence and skills that will enable them to confidently deliver expressive arts subjects discretely, and, furthermore, to use them as a powerful instrument for cross curricular learning. She considers creative pedagogy to be one of the most crucial tools in an armoury that empowers all children to reach their fullest potential.

Her research interests include:

  • culturally responsive pedagogies
  • diversity within the curriculum
  • teacher education
  • teacher voice.

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