Who would you recommend following on Twitter?
This list of educators are people I draw inspiration from on Twitter.
They are not teachers, but educators in various sectors and countries, curated from those whom I have been interacting with online for up to 8 years; some people I have met and have developed professional relationships with.
There are many people missing from this list and likely to be one or two minor errors as I spend post-publication tweaking any corrections.
This is another version of 101 Great Teachers to Follow on Twitter, but this time I include people who are not in the classroom.
Believe me, this has not been an easy post to curate – currently with 66 saved versions of this post – written over the past 7 days. The chances of upsetting anyone who view this post as a ‘popularity contest’ will be lost on a minority who do not read this and understand the context of why this is shared. The list is obviously limited by my own connections which I have referenced throughout.
So, from the outset, let me be clear why I am posting 101 Educators to Follow:
- it is designed for those on Twitter to help identify *new* people to follow.
- it is a carefully balanced split of (roughly) 50 male and 50 female educators, not teachers.
- it includes a variety of Twitter accounts from various parts of the world.
- it also aims to include a range of ethnicities.
- it will not be perfect.
- it is based upon Twitter accounts I follow (only).
- and most importantly, the list in produced is NO particular order.
Following publication, I am looking for more recommendations from South America, Asia and Africa.
When tweeting, click the link underneath each biography to offer a ‘shout-out; include the hashtag #101Educators.
Remember, this 101 list is in NO particular hierarchy or order of preference.
Alice is all about PSHE (but mainly sex education and mental health) and blogs here. She is based in the South West and joined Twitter in 2011. She came to most tweeting teacher’s attention in the summer of 2014 when English schools were exposed for having inadequate sex education policies!
American-based Vicki Davis is a prolific tweeter. Her blog is ranked within the top-30 across the world! She is the host of Every Classroom Matters and is one of first educators ‘across the pond’ I have regular contact with …
Summer Howarth based in Australia is a curious learner; National Director of Learning @educhangemakers | Educator | Enthusiast | Adolescent Advocate | Once described as Nifty | Believes in desserts for breakfast!
Charming, witty and super-intellectual, this Scotsman talks business when it comes to shifting goalposts in education. I first met David when he attended an @SLTeachMeet I organised in Edinburgh 2013. He is a trainer and school consultant.
David is the real Mr. David Cameron!
Probably one the most topical bloggers I know, Tristram is passionate about equality and design education.
Laura is the deputy editor of @SchoolsWeek, a Guardian columnist and Freedom of Information warrior! She makes known, countless educational issues and raises awareness with many teachers. Where would we be without her?
A true gentleman, David is passionate about education, family and his kids, plus cultural identity. He is a speaker, startup mentor and presentations coach.
Nasima Riazat has been tweeting since 2009 and again, is one of my most earliest Twitter connections. She is a
PhDchat moderator and is always encouraging me to commence my PhD research! She is interested in distributed leadership, leadership sciences and developing middle leaders.
Ex-@TESResources campaigner, I met Pooky in 2012 or thereabouts – now a Dr. – when we first connected via TES resources. I have huge admiration for her work in
#MentalHealth, where she works tirelessly as an ambassador and educator. Her website is jam-packed with goodness!
Ex-headteacher and has just submitted her PhD thesis! Jill Berry is the only person I know that regularly reads a wide variety of blogs and responds with feedback. In person, she is inspiring, intellectual and a great fun to be with! She does educational consultancy work and I’d highly recommend her.
David Weston is an inspiring man! He is the CEO and founder of @TeacherDevTrust Chair of @educationgovuk CPD Group. Founder: @OutTeacher with a great TEDx talk. He is a school governor and former maths and physics teacher.
Having worked with Mary for the past 3 years, this lady is the Miss Marple of education. Her blogs cut through the mud and her HMI presence online helps teachers and school leaders sort out the great and the good in classrooms across the land. If I were you, I’d ask her in to work in your school today!
Mark Anderson is a self-confessed learning geek and former senior teacher. He left the classroom in January 2015 and has never looked back. He is the author of ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’ and is a regular face at blog awards. Enough said!
A stalwart in common-sense, recently retried headteacher Ros tweets on education, politics, community organising, religion, family and sheep.
Dr Mary Bousted is the general secretary of ATL. Mary contributes regular articles for newspapers and education journals, and appears frequently on national media.
Sean is an HMI and Ofsted’s National Director, Education. He leads on policy for Early Years, Schools and Further Education and Skills. He is a gentleman and wants to do the best for schools ‘during his watch’.
Mary is the CEO USAS @ucas_online; Trustee for @theaccessp and @theNationalStar. Mary is a governor for @SwindonAcademy1 and Magdalene College School; and an academic visitor to @HertfordCollege. She recently featured on Debretts 500 2015.
Doug is author of very popular books; Teach Like a Champion, Reading Reconsidered and Practice Perfect. He says that ‘most views are borrowed from someone smarter’, but I doubt it. He is founder of @UncommonSchools.
Gill is CEO of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. Working with @teamscel to drive forward leadership development in Scotland. She is lovely!
#DigiSisters are two sisters, social media lovers and co-founders of Digital Awareness UK. Campaigning to help improve e-safety standards in schools. They are tall, charming and savvy!
Professor of Education and Social Justice at King’s College. Tweeting education policy and sociology. Becky is soon to lead the Institute of Education (IoE) from July 2016.
Psychologist with an intelligent twist of humour! Tim O’Brien’s last academic position was in Psychology and Human Development at @IOE_London. He claims to have “been inside fascinating minds in fascinating places for many years!”
Russell is the General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers; with over 28,000 members.
Artist, writer and cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. Also, lovely in real-life and against the EBacc.
Lord Jim Knight is the Chief Education Adviser at TES and a member of the House of Lords. He talks about teaching, learning and education.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Tom is helping people re-discover the curiosity they had when they were 6 years old; designing learning that uses that curiosity to change the world around us.
Fiona is a brilliant writer and journalist for various columns. She is an author, school governor and campaigner. Common-sense personified.
Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.
Alan Peat (Fellow of both the RSA and Historical Association) and international author and educational consultant. He offers high impact training, books and apps.
Susan is regional director for Canvas FE, a school governor and STEM Ambassador. She is from ‘up north’, in a town very close to my heart.
Brian was General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) from Sept. 2010-Jan. 2016. He is now tweeting in a personal capacity and has his own consultancy to support schools.
Angela is based in Iowa, USA and is a speaker, author, educator. She is the founder of @Choose2Matter, driving the conversation of digital media. She has an enormous 142,000 followers on Twitter!
Based in USA, Shelly Sanchez was one of the first Americans I first started to follow once I got to grips with Twitter. She has not disappointed! Always at the forefront of education-technology, Shelley is an author, woman of the year and founder of @EdSpeakersCo, bringing a diverse range of people to education-stages.
Gerard is not only tall, but big in personality and educational knowledge! He is a journalist and former editor of the Times Educational Supplement, now running his own PR consultancy specialising in education.
Jackie Beere is a leading educational trainer and consultant, a former Headteacher. She is also a successful author of many books – most we would have seen on the book shelf – and was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2002. She has continued to help schools improve ever since!
With over 25 years of classroom experience and always with a sense of humour, Tim is mysteriously known as the ‘games bloke’. He has received notable recognition for using computer games and receives vast amounts of press coverage for his brilliant work. Read Tim’s blog: timrylands.com – it’s full of gems!
Natasha is a recent follower for me and promotes very important health and well-being issues; including positive body image. She is a social-media stalwart! Check out her website: selfesteemteam.org
Again, Emma Mulqueeny is a new connection for me. She was a keynote at an event I organised in March 2016: TMLondon. She is the founder of Rewired and Young Rewired State; Digital Democracy Commissioner; as she says, she ‘speaks geek, is very nice and is rubbish at email!’ Her website is: www.emmamulqueeny.co.uk
John is an educationist and chair of Whole Education and Step Forward Volunteering. He is the ex-National Pupil Premium Champion, ex-general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. He is a true gentleman!
Kevin is deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. He is originally from Pontypridd, South Wales and thinks the 1988 Education Reform Act was the start of the rot. Here is the moment we met.
I met Clara at the BETT Show 2015. She is based in California, USA and is works on community and content for @AmazonEdu. She is keen to explore the future of our education from Silicon Valley.
Sian is the education editor for the Sunday Times newspaper. She was nominated for ‘Reporter of the Year 2015’ at the Britain Press Awards and is a presenter on BBC Wales education documentaries.
Emma is an ex-teacher and senior member of staff, now working full-time as a parent and doctoral researcher. She is currently working on becoming an author of a book on teacher well-being and retention.
Nick is a PhD student at @KingsPol_Econ (Kings College). We first met in 2012 when he interviewed me for his PhD.
Mr. Beezy is a motivational speaker, motivating people – mainly students – for success later in life. He is good fun and well worth considering brining into your school to talk with students.
Richard claims he is in ‘search of the simple’. This view probably comes after years in education, and his own extraordinary journey, which has seen him go from struggling actor, copywriter and estate agent, to becoming an award winning teacher and principal. He is a world-renowned speaker, author and broadcaster, well-worth getting into your school or institution for a speaking engagement.
Pam Hook is based in New Zealand. She has developed the classroom based use of solotaxonomy; a structure that provides a simple, reliable and robust model for three levels of understanding. She is working with schools and teachers to make learning visible.
Now based in New York City, USA, I met Kerry in 2012 when we organised the first-ever @SLTeachMeet event. Kerry is editor and has editorial partnerships with, @GuardianUS and is the former editor of @guardianteach.
Don Ledingham is based in Scotland and is chief executive of Ceannas, and honorary professor of leadership at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He was headteacher of Dunbar Grammar School, which was judged to be one of the ten most improved schools in Scotland during his headship. He is a non-executive director and depute chair of the Scottish Book Trust.
Based in Scotland, Fearghal is a teacher, but is currently seconded to the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL). In his spare time, he moderates the Twitter channel, @Pedagoo which brings about best-practice from a community of classroom teachers.
Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.
Graham is excited by being the director of IRIS Connect; empowering teachers to be the best they can be through video observation. He has a great sense of humour and is always seen taking part in SLTchat.
Ann and I first met in 2012. She is the editor and digital publishing director of the TES, and former editor of Times Higher Education.
I first watched Adisa perform in 2005 or thereabouts. We have kept in touch ever since. He is a poet, writer and performer. He strongly believes, freedom lies in the quest for our artistic voice. His website is worth a visit; I strongly recommend him performing in front of your kids or staff!
I’ve known Neil since 2012 and is the craziest and most-engaging presenter I know! He is a international teacher-trainer, developing creative independent learners; using technology for transforming learning. He is worth following if you love Science and surfing!
Claire is a business owner of @schoolspeakers and ambassador of @girlsoutloudorg. She is a public speaker, passionate about young people and enterprise! You may recognise here as an Apprentice finalist from 2008? We met last year …
Scot, now living in New Zealand, Sylvia is acting senior advisor for Taranaki, the ministry of education for ‘down under’.
CEO of Teaching Leaders, James heads up an impact programme for high potential middle leaders in challenging schools. It is a wonderful programme and he is a pleasure to be around.
Dorothy is an award-winning education writer. She writes for various newspapers and education organisations.
I thought I was tall at 6’4″ until I met former basket-baller Renaldo in 2012! He is an author and Apple distinguish educator. He is an advocate for eSafety and eLearning and his website is worth a ‘nose around’.
Scot, now based in Canada, I first heard Carol speak at a BELMAS conference in 2013. She is director of a group of researchers in Ontario and a research exchange to make research more accessible. She is passionate about mobilising evidence and action for educational improvement.
Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, Charlie is co-chair of the Technical and Operational Advisory Group for the Scottish government. He is a developer with a strong history of curricular innovation and assessment.
I first worked with Lorna in 2012. She is an expert in education and leadership, who helps schools, parents improve and sustain educational outcomes. She is author of the ground-breaking book Supporting Black pupils and parents and has a brilliant sense of humour! Check out her website.
I met Sue in December 2015 when I spoke at the SSAT National Conference; she is the chief executive of SSAT, an independent, international membership organisation that works with schools and partners to shape a world class education system. She is a diamond and even took the time out of her busy schedule to visit our school in February 2016.
Ex-teacher and ex-director of The Key, now at @ChallengePartners. Penny is passionate about education, social mobility and is often seen taking part in @UKGovChat; a place for UK school governors to share good practice, support and challenge each other.
For the past 10 years, Bill has been operational director for the @SSAT; working to identify, nurture, record, share and celebrate what works well in schools. He writes brilliant articles, always ‘on the money’ when key topics are raised in education. He is soon to become CEO of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association.
Vivienne is the director for school partnerships at the University City London and Institute of Education Chair of Governors. She is professor of learning, research & practice and a national leader for @WomenEd.
I first met Sue at a BELMAS conference in 2013. She is a former headteacher and national leader for education, now working as an education consultant. She is development director for the @ElliotFndtn, a charitable multi-academy trust for primary academies. She is currently completing her research with the University of Warwick.
Debbie is CEO for the brilliant @AppsForGood, an award-winning open-source education technology movement that aims to build the next generation of problem solvers and makers. I’ve used the scheme with my students and it’s well-worth looking in to …
Sue Black is one of my most-recent people to follow. She is a honorary professor in computer science and listed in the top-50 women in technology across Europe.
Gemma works in television and not education. Nonetheless, she is worth following to see how the world of business and technology impacts on education. She offers a fascinating insight into ‘life behind the camera’.
Bryn is passionate about the environment and education and has a 20-year career working in different schools in Bradford, West Yorkshire, including three Deputy Headships. He’s been blogging for 5 years.
Julie Nash is an NAHT national executive and former headteacher at Cape Cornwall School. She is now working as an education consultant and Ofsted inspector.
Caroline is an author and advisor to schools. She currently works in schools and colleges across the UK and overseas.
Based in Devon, Helen has recently retired from headship after leading two schools in the South West; both schools were in special measures and both improved rapidly. She is an avid tweeter on nature and the environment.
Beth is studying for a doctorate, MA in Education (Leadership & Management) and is an educational consultant, mentor and member of BELMAS. She is based in North Yorkshire and blogs at iMissChalk.
Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.
Juliet is passionate about dirty (outdoor) teaching and play. An educational consultant, she is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her website is here.
Kenny is a former secondary headteacher and is now working as an education consultant. She is studying for her PhD as a student at Brunel University. I have known her for 8 years and she has blogged for Teacher Toolkit.
Asmy – quite possibly one of the best colleagues I’ve ever worked with – is a former cover and staff professional development manger; efficient, sharp and an eye for detail … without her assistance, my work at school would be abysmal! Asmy has just left the place where we both work to complete a placement for Mountbatten Institute in New York City. I wish her well for the future … and hope she starts using Twitter for her career development.
Roger is the new chair of NCTL; he is a national leader of education and principal of Kingsbridge Community College in Devon. He also acts as chief executive officer of Academies South West.
John Viner was headteacher of 5 primary schools – I hope not all at the same time! – and is now a school improvement consultant. He is based in Kent, England.
I met Liz in 2013 when she was Schools Commissioner for England. She is now an education adviser and strategist, who writes the occasional (great) blog.
Michael is a recent connection for me, after hearing him speak on the radio about OfSTED. He is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted’s Regional Director for London
I met with Angela recently to discuss the College of Teaching proposals. She is the CEO and Registrar at the College of Teachers, working towards a fit for purpose, independent College to support teachers and teaching. She has an interesting and challenging project on her hands and is well-worth following for inside information.
I’ve worked with Paul in 2015 and 2016 on various teaching and learning projects. He offers no-nonsense and pragmatic advice for teachers who want to improve. He loves talking teaching, supporting schools and speaks as a consultant. He lives in the South West.
I’ve never met Michael, but we do have two things in common. 1) We both have work/study at Goldsmiths College, University of Arts London and 2) his mother (Connie Rosen) and I both feature in 110 Years of Education at Goldsmiths. He is a writer, poet, performer, broadcaster and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He writes a good book or two …
I worked with Steve in 2015 and his training session was great! He is an award nominated author for ‘The Subject Leader‘ teacher and trainer.
Ian is a business and operations manager at an academy school in North London; he is also a new-build school specialist and his knowledge about building regulations and ICT is second-to-none. Pretty impressive for a 20-something!
Darren is completing his PhD, whilst working as a higher-education tutor. He lives and works in London, England and has a passion for hip-hop; Power to the Pupils. He’s one person on this list I’d be most interested to meet …
Andy is a former headteacher and director at the National College of Teaching. He is now managing director of Leadership Matters and dean of the Leadership Faculty at Teaching Leaders – a body of people in which I also sit around the table to steer the work of the CPD programme.
Knocking up an impressive 85,000 followers (circa. April 2016) on Twitter, this single-handed female on Twitter is “keeping an independent and occasionally caustic eye on schools and education”. The account is a must-follow for educators in the UK.
Former headteacher David Mitchell, is now delivering training for teachers on new technology, old tech and for those who want no technology; Mitchell is a speaker and is the founder of @QuadBlogging – 500,000 pupils from 50+ countries! He explains this best, here.
Based in Iowa, USA, Scott McLeod is an ‘ideas-man’. Director of Innovation and blogger, McLeod is widely recognised as one of America’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership.
Based in beautiful Stirling, Scotland, Catriona is lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She is a PhD student (Learning Rounds; PLCs; critical realism) and administrator for @SELM4S. She blogs at ‘Cat’s Eyes‘.
Alan is an award-winning speaker, who presents talks to new teachers on professional and ethical issues in teaching. If you ever need any eSafety advice, Alan is your man. He blogs here.
I’ve worked with this man in 4 schools over the past 10 years! Action Jackson is ‘on fire!’ He is a motivation founder of @thefixupteam, working with great students and teachers to transform ourselves into champions. If you’re ever in a bad mood, this man will lift your energy; he leads great workshops for students and is worth taking a look.
Finally, always with a smile on her face, the lovely Isabella Wallace. She is the co-author of two very popular books and delivers and leads training for schools.
Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.
What I would be keen to hear from readers, are any suggestions to connect with educators in the South America, Asia and Africa. Leave your recommendations in the comments below.
I only follow 600 (circa. April 2016) accounts on Twitter. This blog contains 101 educators, those who I follow and connect with. I wanted to make this distinction. This is my list. It has taken several days to create this, code and publish it here and I could easily spend more time and add countless more educators. However, this would defeat the purpose of publishing something useful for people looking to follow somebody new, or for those new to Twitter.