@TeacherToolkit gets the nod…

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One year ago, to this day, I was given that devastating news that rocked my career. My position had been identified for redundancy! You can read more about this here.

I left school that day, after the staff meeting, feeling like I’d just received a family bereavement and duly knowing what decision I was going to make… I couldn’t look any of my colleagues in the eye as I left for the staff car park at 3.30pm for the first time in a decade!

One year later, to this exact day, at my new place of work, I sat down with my new Headteacher for a review meeting. For those of you who didn’t know, or those who haven’t been watching my leadership journey, I’ve been on a temporary contract from October to April. Today, I had my position confirmed; my salary reviewed; my CPD heightened and realigned, as well as a affirmation of who I am, in the context of school and education leadership.

I am back on track. I am a wanted man. I am highly motivated and thriving working with students, parents and my colleagues.

Today was a great day, it was hectic, challenging and rewarding. I could say much more, but I’m just going to leave this post here…

Each academic year, about 2 or 3 days before February half-term, this date will always hold a special place in my memory, for all the right reasons…

– Posted by @TeacherToolkit



In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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