Since 1997 we have been helping primary and secondary school leadership teams to manage staff development efficiently and effectively, stay compliant and drive whole school improvement.
We believe that high-quality professional development is one of the most powerful routes to school improvement. Read our case studies to find out how we work with our members to improve pupil outcomes, raise the bar of staff performance and save time and money on training.
Our contributors and experts
We are a range of expert contributors, innovative trainers and school-based practitioners from across the UK and beyond. For more information about some of our talented and passionate people, please do get in touch.
Josephine holds NPQH, is a Research Associate for the National College and has presented at several national conferences on partnership working, promoting parental engagement, cost effective CPD and performance management.
Ann has taught in several special and mainstream schools and was deputy principal in a 52-week residential school for children and young people with complex needs. Ann is the author of The Child Protection and Safeguarding Handbook for schools and Safeguarding Children and Young People with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.
Over the last ten years, Elizabeth has had many books published including The NQT Handbook, FAQs for NQTs, Teacher Well-being: Looking after yourself and your career in the classroom, What Next After School? and FAQs for TAs. She contributes editorial content for British Qualifications and British Vocational Qualifications.
Elizabeth has a specific interest in the well-being of both teachers and pupils alike and ensures that this theme runs through all that she writes and speaks about.
Gareth’s ground-breaking eBook, The Role of the SENCo: an insider’s guide was published by Optimus in 2010.
Ruth is passionately committed to enabling the teaching profession to reclaim its pedagogy.
The Optimus Team
She has a particular interest in the fields of special educational needs, supporting vulnerable learners and school leadership.
In her spare time Sara loves to sing and can be found performing with Starling Arts.
Contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org and find her on twitter at @saraboomsma.
Margaret has worked in publishing, events and training for 15 years and is passionate about lifelong learning. She is also responsible for developing key partnerships for the business and is always interested in new collaborative project opportunities.
In her ‘spare’ time, Margaret is proud to be on the Board of Governors of a primary school on the southeast coast.
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Prior to working at Optimus, Alex worked as a Business Editor at Informa and, before that, as an English teacher at an academy in Kent. Twitter @BusinessOE
Emily-Jane has worked within customer services for 10 years and is passionate about delivering the highest possible standard of support to all customers.
In her spare time, Emily-Jane enjoys playing netball for her local league.
Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James currently focuses on school safeguarding and child protection in education, ensuring schools are provided with updates on the latest legislation and practical safeguarding solutions.
Outside of work, James enjoys exploring London’s parks and pubs, watching sport, and talking about going to the gym without ever actually doing it.