Classroom Research and Practical Wisdom

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How do teachers combine research with the practical wisdom to confidently practise teacher autonomy?

On Friday 16th June, I had the privilege of speaking ~200 colleagues at a Teaching and Learning Conference (#TLconf17) in London. For those who attended, you can download both my presentations below.

The theme of the conference was quite simply teaching and learning. In the increasingly complex world of education, Osiris brought together some of the best researchers and practicing UK educators to cut to the heart of what makes really excellent teaching.

I also had the honour of meeting Professor John Hattie (and sharing the same stage); listening to some excellent thoughts on all-things teaching and learning from the following people:

  • Professor John Hattie


  • Alex Quigley, deputy headteacher
  • Dr Jonathan Sharples, senior researcher at the Education Endowment Foundation
  • David Didau, ex-teacher and education consultant
  • Dr Sam Twiselton from the Sheffield Institute for Education
  • Shaun Allison, deputy headteacher and teacher Andy Tharby, authors of Making Every Lesson Count
  • Cat Scutt from the Chartered College of Teaching


You can download my presentations below.

For those who attended my keynote, here is the link to sign up to the Verbal Feedback Action Research.


Thanks for the feedback and for coming along.



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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