About @TeacherToolkit


  • First and foremost, I am a classroom teacher and have taught in the classroom since the age of 18.
  • I have been a school senior leader since 2008 and started working as a deputy headteacher in September 2014.
  • I graduated with a BAEd (QTS) in Design Technology with Secondary Education (Hons.) from Goldsmiths College University of London (1993-97).
  • I gained a masters degree in Design Studies from Central St. Martins College of Arts London (2006)
  • I am a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
  • If I placed post-nominal letters after my name, it would read: BAEd; MA; FRSA.
  • I’m very proud of the above, considering I finished school at 16 years old, with just 3 qualifications!
  • I am an active member of BELMAS and I’m hoping to become a member of BERA in 2014. I hope to complete an EdD in the future …
  • As a result of this blog, I published my first educational book in September 2013.
  • I’m currently writing my second book and inundated with 3 or 4 more contracts. All very flattering!
  • As much as I love my middle name ‘Morrison’, I have only started using it since I became an author.
  • You can book me to speak at conferences and schools here.
  • I blog here; consistently ranked the number 1 educational blog in the UK and one of the most influential across the world.
  • You can see what people say about me here and preview the education awards I have received.
  • and you can follow me on Twitter, at @TeacherToolkit. The most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK!
  • This is Who I Am and What I Do.
  • An up-close and personal interview by @SchoolsWeek is here.
  • In January 2015, I was nominated for The Sunday Times #Debretts500 Most Influential People in the UK 2015.
TMLondon @TeacherToolkit Ross McGill

Speaking at TMLondon

  • You can listen to me speaking at a teacher-CPD conference below (March 2015)


(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).

Ross Morrison McGill - @TeacherToolkit

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.

Click here for many endorsements and click here for my own personal story.

Up close and personal:

A detailed analysis of @TeacherToolkit: The Profession’s Freedom Fighter for @LocalSchools_UK. Read the full interview here.

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:

Career history:

Qunintin Kynaston Academy:

Deputy Headteacher from September 2014, responsible for:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • CPD
  • Appraisal
  • Initial Teacher Training
  • ICT
Profile Ross McGill @TeacherToolkit Schools Week article publication

Photo for @SchoolsWeek article (Jan’15)

Greig City Academy:

Assistant Vice Principal from November 2011 – August 2014 (2.5 years), responsible for:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • CPD
  • Appraisal
  • Initial Teacher Training.

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.

At work...

Posing for the Greig City Academy prospectus …

The Crest Girls’ Academy:

Assistant Principal from September 2008– August 2011 (3 years) responsible for:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology Specialism. Subject Specialism and Global links
  • ICT – Innovation and Communications; CISCO academy & ICT outreach program
  • CPD – Staff Development/Training and Staff Well Being
  • Line manager of Vocational Education and ICT departments, Year 10 and IT Support.

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.

Alexandra Park School:

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.

  • and secondly, in my final year at APS, I was also Head of ICT (as well as above) from April 2007– July 2008 (1 year 4 months): During my short tenure, I introduced iLearning to the school which formed a new framework and philosophy for ICT across the school. This included the 5i philosophy which saw the department and use of ICT transform within one year. Raised GCSE results from 8% to 55% in 2007/8.
  • during my time at Alexandra Park School, I was fortunate enough to complete my Masters degree at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. My thesis was on ‘Can semiotics be used to improve teaching and learning?

St. Thomas More RC School:

  • Technology and Art Teacher from September 1997– July 2000 (3 years). I came across St. Thomas More as a very young supply teacher, after a troublesome time abroad in Nigeria with the VSO. The school were very kind and welcoming to me as a young, naive teacher and I soon established myself, a first regular salary and a classroom I could learn my subject and practice. It was never easy, but it was fun and an interesting place to start. I still keep in touch with a few colleagues I met all those years ago!

Voluntary Services Overseas:

  • Head of Design Technology at St. Thomas’ School, Kano, Nigeria in 1997. I was young and I wanted to explore the world. Nigeria certainly opened my eyes, not just because a military-coup was occupying the country at the time, but mainly because I was so far away from home – for the first time in my life – in a world that was totally unknown. Living on a humble salary of £15 per month, my apartment was large enough to have 3 reasonably sized classrooms and still have room to sleep! It’s such a long time ago now, but my memories as an adult recall wonderful smiles of laughter, a passionate culture, full of poverty and wealth, lying side by side in every alley and street.

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.

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24 thoughts on “About @TeacherToolkit

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    We are hoping to organise a teaching and learning conference in the North West. Would love to learn from you first hand. Please do get in touch. Email below.

    Posted by Rosina noor | May 5, 2014, 5:28 PM
  2. Hi Ross,
    As I wish to let others know how much I enjoy reading your blog, I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    You can check out the nomination in my post http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-k4 .
    Participation is your choice. If you wish to nominate bloggers who inspire you, the rules are provided there.
    Thanks for sharing so much wonderful content on your blog.
    Best wishes, Norah.

    Posted by Norah | September 12, 2014, 11:22 PM
  3. Hi Ross nice to see you are still doing well

    Posted by Tony Guyver | January 14, 2015, 3:48 PM


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