(updated 1.11.14): Ross Morrison McGill is a deputy headteacher in a well-known inner-city school in North London. He is the author of 100 Ideas: Outstanding Lessons and is an award-winning teacher (Guardian Teacher of the Year in Secondary School in London 2004), and a former SSAT Design Technology Lead Practitioner. He is responsible for improving the quality of teaching and learning and has a national profile as the leading contributor and organiser of online CPD within a growing community of education professionals.
Ross is regularly asked to reflect on educational developments in The Guardian newspaper, who recently recognised him for having, ‘one of the best online-blogs of 2012’. This was recently re-affirmed in January 2014; when he was acknowledged for having the most influential educational blog in the UK (circa. 50-60th in the world). He is also a member of The Guardian Teacher Network adviser panel, where he writes his own blog series. His website, articles and TES resources exceed 2.5 million views collectively (circa. November 2014).
You can follow Ross on Twitter @TeacherToolkit or join in @SLTchat which he created to bring together, over 700-1000 aspiring and senior leaders online, every Sunday across the UK. He is also the creator of @SLTeachMeet, a senior leaders version of TeachMeets; and @MyEdHunt which is a small revolution for teachers and schools to find their own employment, for free! He has just started offering online CPD webinars and publishes his own resources.
I have been asked many times to summarise my philosophy on teaching… Unless you really think hard about this and what and why you teach, it can be quite a difficult concept to put into words. I finally cracked this issue with a blog in May 2014 – The teacher-genetic-code (and an earlier – shorter – version here). Here are my school experiences listed below:
Deputy Headteacher from September 2014, responsible for:
Assistant Vice Principal from November 2011 – August 2014 (2.5 years), responsible for:
I arrived at GCA under very difficult circumstances, so I am eternally grateful for the inspirational Mr. Paul Sutton OBE for the opportunity he gave me to work for him and transform standards of teaching and learning at GCA. I enjoyed every single day … You can read what I said about GCA in my leaving speech posted here.
Assistant Principal from September 2008– August 2011 (3 years) responsible for:
During my time at Crest Girls, I also worked as a Lead Practitioner (Design Technology) for the Specialist School & Academies Trust (SSAT) from May 2009– May 2010. This was my first leadership position and in 2008, the school was at the time, known as John Kelly Girls Technology College – which was a Foundation School. Far from the realms it is now…
My time here was mixed. I had several highs, notably securing £300,000 funding from the DfES to bring in new catering facilities for the girls, to allow them their first food technology experiences in over 7 years! On the other hand, legionaries in the water; academy conversion; redundancies; an ICT network that continually collapsed and staff on tenterhooks, made day-to-day leadership at times, incredibly challenging.
Head of Design Technology from September 2000– July 2008 (8 years)
I built this department with architects and Deputy Headteacher @HeadGuruTeacher in 2000. It was then rebuilt as the school expanded in 2003/4. Headteacher Rosslyn Hudson was inspiring and relentless in her vision to create a true London comprehensive. 12 years on, she has succeeded and I still share a soft-spot for the wonderful 8 years I spent there in it’s golden years. Somehow I managed to produce national publications, articles and text books produced using exemplar work and ideas from the DT department I led. Both Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher nominated me for ‘The Guardian Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London, 2004.” A true honour. The school still has superb facilities and staff. Read more about what I say about APS in The Guardian.
This was a difficult time for me in my life as a teacher and as a young person. My time is Nigeria was short-lived, but I do hope to return to Kano in the future now that I have seen much more of the world!
Goldsmiths University of London (1993 – 1997):
I trained to be a teacher at Goldsmiths under the tutoring of Dr. Terry Liddament and Professor Kay Stables. I loved every second, mastering my teaching repertoire in 4 teaching placements in and around South London. It wasn’t easy, but it was certainly memorable… How times have changed! e.g. I don’t have to produce any graphical drawings on a blackboard, the day before the lesson!
I was delighted to feature in a centenary magazine, ‘Celebrating 100 years of education at Goldsmiths College’ in November 2014.