Podcast 48: How Can Teachers Set The Standard?

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What would you miss about education if you stepped out of teaching, and can teachers hold themselves to account?

Our 48th podcast interview is with Richard Gerver who worked in education as a primary school teacher and a head teacher for 16 years. Ten years on from headship, Richard now travels the world, writing books and speaking on leadership, school improvement and developments in education …

In this 23-minute podcast, listen to Richard and Teacher Toolkit founder Ross McGill:

  • Reflect on how he fell in love with teaching and how he met his wife
  • Urge people not to be put off on becoming a teacher by what they hear on social media
  • Discuss why courage is a vital quality on being a head teacher
  • Explore what special bonds teachers make with each other 
  • Define the ‘assumption of excellence’ environment
  • Why he wishes that teachers had more opportunities to visit and learn from other schools
  • Explain why self-leadership is so necessary for schools.

Remember, our podcast is available on iTunes!

You can follow him on Twitter at @RichardGerver and discover his new book or find out more about his work on his website at www.richardgerver.com



In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of being most influential in the field of education. He remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing resources and ideas online as @TeacherToolkit, he has built this website (c2008) which has been described as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the UK Blog Awards (2018). Read more...

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