101 Educators to Follow

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Who would you recommend following on Twitter?

Something I am interested in is how many teachers are using Twitter for professional learning. I will report back once I discover this data in my research… This list of educators are people I draw inspiration from on Twitter.

Note, this is not a list of 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. This is another version of 101 Great Teachers to Follow on Twitter, but this time I include people who are not in the classroom.


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.

101. @AliceHoylePSHE

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!

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100. @CoolCatTeacher

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 the first educators ‘across the pond’ I have regular contact with …

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99. @EduSum

Summer Howarth based in Australia is a curious learner; National Director of Learning  | Educator | Enthusiast | Adolescent Advocate | Once described as Nifty | Believes in desserts for breakfast!

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98. @RealDCameron

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!

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97. @TristramShepard

Probably one the most topical bloggers I know, Tristram is passionate about equality and design education.

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96. @Miss_McInerney

Laura is the deputy editor of 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?

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95. @DavidMcQueen

A true gentleman, David is passionate about education, family and his kids, plus cultural identity. He is a speaker, startup mentor and presentations coach.

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94. @NSRiazat

Nasima Riazat has been tweeting since 2009 and again, is one of my most earliest Twitter connections. She is a moderator and is always encouraging me to commence my PhD research! She is interested in distributed leadership, leadership sciences and developing middle leaders.

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93. @PookyH

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!

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92. @JillBerry102

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.

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91. @Informed_Edu

David Weston is an inspiring man! He is the CEO and founder of Chair of  CPD Group. Founder:  with a great TEDx talk. He is a school governor and former maths and physics teacher.

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90. @MaryMyatt

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!

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89. @ICTEvangelist

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!

Mark Anderson

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88. @RosMcM

A stalwart in common-sense, recently retried headteacher Ros tweets on education, politics, community organising, religion, family and sheep.

Ros McMullen

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87. @MaryBoustedATL

Dr Mary Bousted is the general secretary of ATL. Mary contributes regular articles for newspapers and education journals, and appears frequently on national media.

Dr Mary Bousted

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86. HarfordSean

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’.

Sean Harford

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85. @MaryCurnockCook

Mary is the CEO USAS ; Trustee for  and . Mary is a governor for  and Magdalene College School; and an academic visitor to . She recently featured on Debretts 500 2015.

Mary Curnock Cook

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84. @Doug_Lemov

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.

Doug Lemov

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83. @CEOScel

Gill is CEO of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. Working with to drive forward leadership development in Scotland. She is lovely!

Gillian Hamilton

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82. @DigitalSisters

 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!

Digital Sisters

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81. @BeckyFrancis7

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.

Becky Francis

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80. @Doctob

Psychologist with an intelligent twist of humour! Tim O’Brien’s last academic position was in Psychology and Human Development at . He claims to have “been inside fascinating minds in fascinating places for many years!”

Dr Tim O Brien

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79. @RussellHobby

Russell is the General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers; with over 28,000 members.

Russell Hobby

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78. @NickClancarty

Artist, writer and cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. Also, lovely in real-life and against the EBacc.

Nick Trench

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77. @LordJimKnight

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.

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76. @TomBarrett

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.

Tom Barrett

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75. @SchoolTruth

Fiona is a brilliant writer and journalist for various columns. She is an author, school governor and campaigner. Common-sense personified.

Fiona Miller

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Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.

74. @AlanPeat

Alan Peat (Fellow of both the RSA and Historical Association) and international author and educational consultant. He offers high impact training, books and apps.

Alan Peat

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73. @SusanBanister

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.

Susan Banister

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72. @Annie_Fox

Annie lives in California, USA and is a parental expert for tween/teen year-olds. She is author of Girls’ Friendship  Huffington Post.

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71. @BrianLightman

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.

Brian Lightman

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70. @AngelaMaiers

Angela is based in Iowa, USA and is a speaker, author, educator. She is the founder of , driving the conversation of digital media. She has an enormous 142,000 followers on Twitter!

Angela Maiers

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69. @GrahamBM

Never shy of controversy, Graham Brown-Martin is a catalyst for ideas; a writer, speaker and author of Learning {Re}imagined. His blog is worth reading.

Graham Brown-Martin

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68. @ShellTerrell

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.

Shelley Sanchez

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67. @GerardKelly33

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.

Gerard Kelly

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66. @JackieBeere

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!

Jackie Beere

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65. @TimRylands

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!

Tim Rylands

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64. @NatashaDevonMBE

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

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63. @hubmum

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

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62. @JohnDunford

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!

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61. @CyclyingKev

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.

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60. @MsClaraGalan

I met Clara at the BETT Show 2015. She is based in California, USA and is works on community and content for . She is keen to explore the future of our education from Silicon Valley.

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59. @SianGriffiths6

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.

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58. @ThoseThatCan

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.

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57. @NCowenUK

Nick is a PhD student at  (Kings College). We first met in 2012 when he interviewed me for his PhD.

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56. @TheReal_MrBeezy

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.

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55. @BRHolland

Based in Rhode Island, Beth is an instructor with . She is a blogger for  and an ed-tech researcher, completing her doctoral at Hopkins University School of Education.

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54. @RichardGerver

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.

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53. @arti_choke

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.

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52. @KerryEustice

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,  and is the former editor of .

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51. @DonJLed

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.

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50. @FKelly

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,  which brings about best-practice from a community of classroom teachers.

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Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.

49. @Graham_IRISC

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.

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48. @AnnMroz

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.

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47. @AdisaPoet

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!

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46. @NAtkin

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!

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45. @ClaireLYoung

Claire is a business owner of  and ambassador of . 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

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44. @SylviaHowieson

Scot, now living in New Zealand, Sylvia is acting senior advisor for Taranaki, the ministry of education for ‘down under’.

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43. @JToop

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.

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42. @DotLepkowska

Dorothy is an award-winning education writer. She writes for various newspapers and education organisations.

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41. @LawrenceRenaldo

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’.

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40. @CarolCampbell4

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.

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39. @Charlie_Love

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.

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38. @LornaChampCork

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.

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37. @SWilliamson_CEO

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.

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36. @Penny_Ten

Ex-teacher and ex-director of The Key, now at . 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.

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35. @BillWatkin

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.

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34. @LCLL_Director

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 .

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33. @SueRobinson2

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 , a charitable multi-academy trust for primary academies. She is currently completing her research with the University of Warwick.

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32. @DebbieForster

Debbie is CEO for the brilliant , 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 …

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31. @Dr_Black

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.

Dr Sue Black


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30. @GCGodfrey

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’.


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29. @brynll

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.

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28. @1julie

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.

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27. @RealCBD

Caroline is an author and advisor to schools. She currently works in schools and colleges across the UK and overseas.

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26. @HelenSalmon2

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.


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25. @imisschalk

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.

Beth Kelly

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Remember, this 101 list is in no particular hierarchy or order of preference.

24. @CreativeSTAR

Juliet is passionate about dirty (outdoor) teaching and play. An educational consultant, she is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her website is here.

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23. @KennyGFrederick

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.

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22. @DavidPriceOBE

David is a education speaker and author of ‘OPEN‘ and a senior associate of the Innovation Unit, UK; he is the co-founder of ‘We Do Things Differently‘. I have his book to read this year …

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21. @Lem_SuttonTrust

Lee is a former journalist and is now working as the CEO at think tank, Sutton Trust. He is a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation.

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20. @SuperAsmy

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.

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19. @RogerJPope

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.

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18. @Adept_Education

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.

John Viner

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17. @Liz_Sidwell

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.

Liz Sidwell

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16. @Outinthemhills

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

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15. @AEMcFarlane

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.

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14. @PaulGarvey4

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.

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13. @MichaelRosenYes

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 …

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12. @Garnett_S

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.

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11. @I_Atkinson

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!

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10. @RapClassroom

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 …

Darren Chetty

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9. @Andy__Buck

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.

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8. @SchoolDuggery

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.

School Duggery

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7. @DeputyMitchell

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.

Deputy Mitchell

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6. @McLeod

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.

Scott McLeod

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5. @Catriona_O

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 . She blogs at ‘Cat’s Eyes‘.

Catriona Oates

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4. @NewTeachersTalk

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.

Alan Newland

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3. @LKMco

I met Loic in 2008 (ish) at a roundtable discussion with Dylan Wiliam. At the time he was with @TeachFirst as a teacher and has since established his own think-tank.

Loic Menzies

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2. @ActionJackson

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 , 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.

Action Jackson

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1. @WallaceIsabella

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.

Isabella Wallace

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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.


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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.

13 thoughts on “101 Educators to Follow

  1. Fair play Ross. That’s a post and a half. Thanks for compiling and sharing (and for the inclusion!).


  2. Thanks for a a very comprehensive list, and know that you cannot include everyone but contributors on SEND aren’t recognised here. Is that another list? Cheers Michelle

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