Dr Neil Hopkin has a BTh (Hons) from the University of Nottingham, a PGCE in Mathematics from Brunel University, and an MA and PhD in Education from King's College London. Previously Neil was Principal of Dover Court International School, Singapore (also a NAE school). BISS Puxi is the 7th school he has led, having previously been an Executive Headteacher of a federation of schools in South London and Headteacher of several very successful schools in Manchester and Birmingham, UK, before moving to Singapore. In 2009, he was designated a UK National Leader of Education for his work in leading outstanding schools.
Neil worked with The Universities of Manchester, Birmingham and Warwick on their leadership and teacher training courses and is a former external examiner for the Universities of Warwick and Plymouth's Master’s Degrees in the UK.
He was a Director at the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) in the UK and led the Headteachers Steering Group as well as being a member of the National Steering Group of the Cambridge Primary Review, advisory board member for the Outward Bound Trust and a member of the BECTa (the UK government's technology agency) Leading Leader network.
Neil has advised the UK Deputy Prime Minister’s Office on Early Years education, the Secretary of State on ICT and the UK's DfE on Curriculum Review and was a regular speaker at the Westminster Education Forum on these themes. He has worked with schools in the UK, Canada, Australia and America around his main areas of interest: pedagogy; coaching; new technologies and design thinking.
Neil is a 3rd degree black belt in Karate and 25 years ago was a member of the English Karate National Squad, competing around the world for a number of years. He plays the drums, guitar and piano, but says he has given up all hope of ever breaking into the big time until he has mastered bar chords.
Neil has an 8 year old son who attends the school. He and his family are very excited to be moving to China to join the great team at BISS Puxi and he is looking forward to ensuring that the school builds on its great success to date.