Education Panorama (May ’15) by @TeacherToolkit

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Education Panorama Newsletter by @TeacherToolkit


Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit in 2010, and today, he is one of the 'most followed educators'on social media in the world. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of...
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This is my 13th edition of Education Panorama. In total, my newsletters have shared more than 650 educational blogposts from across the world! Here is a summary of what’s been going on in the education sector during the past month …  . Education Panorama If you are new to this monthly newsletter, you can expect to find the following:

  • Education: all the links to my @TeacherToolkit articles I have shared over the past 30 days,
  • Panorama: plus the blogs that have caught @TeacherToolkit‘s eye online, plus any interesting events in the real world of education.

In The Educational Panorama May 2015 edition – this monthly newsletter aims to capture a summary of everything from the online edu-sphere of bloggers and tweeters across the UK and afar. In my April 2015 newsletter I shared over 40 blogs on teaching and learning which 4,000+ of you read. This month, I share 22 of my own blogs, one of the busiest months yet, and still see myself wondering how on earth I do this alongside teaching, writing and family. There are numerous blogs about TeachMeetLondon which trended on Twitter across the UK for 4 hours! It was simply the greatest ever teacher-led CPD event, ever! During the summer term, I have several speaking engagements, including an invitation to speak at the SSAT national conference in December 2015 … This May edition features articles on a range of topics from bloggers old and new. It’s all here! By the time I write my next Education Panorama, we’ll be into last term of the academic year and planning our summer holidays. Until then, enjoy the bank holiday weekend (if you are reading in the UK) and take time out to rest, spend time with friends, and re-visit your Teacher5ADay.


  1. My Education Panorama (April ’15) newsletter gathering in over 5,000 readers.
  2. The Greatest CPD Ever! – a blog about TeachMeet London.
  3. To Teach or Not to Teach? – a reflective blog about why we teach.
  4. 10 Simple Coding Tips for Bloggers.
  5. Kapow! A blog explaining why I tweet what I tweet …
  6. The Notion of a ‘Good Enough School.’
  7. and another academic article, The Co-Operative: Good With Schools.
  8. Back to writing my second book, Radio Silence!
  9. I enjoyed writing this; The Difficult Conversation.
  10. Following TMLondon, this is a script from ex-headteacher @JillBerry102‘s presentation; Rough Seas Make The Best Sailors.
  11. Another resource for school leaders; The 5 Minute Main Thing Plan.
  12. Apparently,I have the UK’s No.1 blog again, but I’m skeptical; Top 10 UK Education Blogs.
  13. What are my most Frequently Asked Questions.
  14. If I Were Secretary of State for Education, I would …
  15. Does teaching make you stressed? And should I consider working elsewhere? Read, Teacher Stress.
  16. Pensions: All Change from 1st April 2015.
  17. A blog about school Admissions for Parents in England and my own personal hopes and fears for my own son.
  18. This is a blog about the forthcoming general election, with a question for all educators; Who Should Teachers Vote For?
  19. This is a blog about Hidden Leadership and all the things school leaders do behind the scenes.
  20. In this blog, I share my top go-to sources of collegiality; #TwitteratiChallenge!
  21. A blog about marking and the ludicrous idea, about outsourcing marking! Read, Sticky Plaster Marking.
  22. And finally, a blog about teacher wellbeing and my own work-life balance. Teacher 5-A-Day.

Here are some photos of my work from the past month.

 Images: @TeacherToolkit photographs from April 2015


Here are the blogs I’ve noticed over the past 30 days. I always say, it’s difficult to keep up with so many wonderful blogs as more teachers blog online. I’ve read as much as I can to represent the blogs that have ‘pricked the ears’ of all those who talk about all-things-education.

Teaching and Learning:

  1. 6 Steps to Differentiation by @RemindHQ.
  2. 5 Ideas for Using Periscope by @rlj1981.
  3. Exploratory Talk and its impact on achievement by @LearningIMClass.
  4. What could/should happen to work that the teacher doesn’t mark? by @Benneypenyrheol.
  5. Powerful Feedback the #SOLO Way by @LeadingLearner.
  6. An OESIS in the Desert by @tlamjs.
  7. When the Lesson is Going Pete Tong by new blogger, @scrtinspector.
  8. The Power of Teacher Expectations and the Pygmalion Effect by @HuntingEnglish.
  9. Thoughts on lesson observations: The surgeon and the scalpel by @NatEdTrust.
  10. #HeForShe, or I am a Feminist? A great assembly resource by @ChrisHildrew.
  11. A Few Thoughts About Resilience and Character by @LearningSpy.
  12. A great blog. One where I will be taking a few ideas from; Fusion Teaching by @scrtinspector yet again!
  13. A blog to inspire educators; Reflections on the World Outside my Window by @excitecuriosity. The video is fabulous and would be worth sharing in an assembly;

CPD / Wellbeing:

  1. Impossible Expectations and teacher welfare. A blog by @DebraKidd.

Leadership / OfSTED / DfE / Politics:

  1. This blog is an attempt to set records straight and dispel myths. The Beginning by @scrtinspector
  2. Let’s State The Bleeding Obvious, is a blog about The Sutton Trust and poor children, by @DebraKidd.
  3. The dos and don’ts of “talking the talk” to enable you to “walk the talk” of SLT. From Cliche to Clique: A Bluffers’ Guide to SLT by @kevbartle.

Recruitment and Research:

  1. Interview and Job Seeking by @r_brooks1.
  2. Evidence Based Reflective Observations by @ChrisMoyse
  3. Getting The Job! by @teachersbible
  4. Hattie “isn’t keen on teachers conducting research in their classrooms. Apparently he thinks we should leave education research in the hands of academics. Whose Research is it Anyway? by @LearningSpy.

Twitter / Blogging:

  1. Reflections and Thank Yous to TMLondon by @iTeachRE
  2. TMLondon – a double blog experience by @ktlangspec.
  3. TMLondon by @ICTEvangelist thanks the crowds from far and wide.
  4. TMLondon – Inspired Change by @MrsHumanities. Inspired to re-write their curriculum and another blog here, Why I Loved TMLondon.
  5. TMLondon – A Newbie’s Experience by @BTerziyski
  6. I Hate Top 10 Lists by @ColleenYoung in response to my blog about being nominated the Top UK Education Blog.
  7. @cherrylkd responds to my Twitter Challenge with her own #TwitteratiChallenge.
  8. #TwitteratiChallenge by @Jim1982

Top Blogs of the Month:

I’ve selected one blog for this May 2015 edition.

Favourite educational blogs
Favourite educational blogs

. A compelling blog by @Disidealist which has been shared globally;

“… My children are adopted … and they’ve just called my daughters “mediocre failures”. Read, Mediocre Failures. The Telegraph @Disidealist

  Image: The Telegraph

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