A snapshot of Ross McGill’s career history.
Managing Director – @TeacherToolkit Ltd
Ross McGill is currently training teachers all over the U.K. as an educational and social media consultant for a variety of organisations – he aims to change the dialogue and inspire teachers and school leaders to take back control of their schools and classrooms. McGill is also a visiting tutor for the University of Buckingham and a PGCE tutor, an author and is currently researching how to upscale Teacher Toolkit as the next go-to platform for every teacher, platform and student in the U.K. He is also conducting his own action research with 119 schools in 6 countries across 4 continents …
The company started with a simple website in 2008 and then a Twitter account in August 2010; soon becoming the most followed teacher on Twitter in the U.K. – the Twitter account receives over 7 million impressions every month! The company was first registered in February 2014 after Ross McGill published his first book in September 2013. Soon realising the websites popularity and its workload, Ross started to open up his website to the community. Today, Teacher Toolkit is read in over 200 countries and is the most popular blog on education in the U.K, ranking one of the top-25 across the world and for the first 5 years, was developed from Ross’ spare bedroom in his spare time. At the moment, it still is today …
Quintin Kynaston Academy, Westminster
Deputy Headteacher from September 2014 – August 2017; responsible for teaching and learning; CPD; appraisal; initial teacher training and eLearning. Ross supported the school transition into a new £35M building; two difficult OfSTED inspections and co-led the school through a period of time when the school fell under the international media spotlight for various news stories.
Greig City Academy, Haringey
Assistant Vice Principal from November 2011 – August 2014; responsible for Teaching and Learning; CPD; Appraisal and Initial Teacher Training. I arrived at GCA under very difficult circumstances, so I am eternally grateful for the inspirational Mr. Paul Sutton OBE for the opportunity he gave me to work for him and transform standards of teaching and learning at GCA. I enjoyed every single day … You can read what I said about GCA in my leaving speech posted here.
The Crest Girls’ Academy, Brent
Assistant Principal from September 2008– August 2011; responsible for Teaching and Learning; Technology Specialism, ICT, Staff Development and Staff Well Being. During my time at Crest, I also worked as a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist School & Academies Trust (SSAT) from May 2009– May 2010.
Alexandra Park School, Haringey
Head of Design Technology from September 2000– July 2008; I built this department with architects and Deputy Headteacher @TeacherHead in 2000. Headteacher Rosslyn Hudson (1999-2008) was inspiring and relentless in her vision to create a startup London comprehensive. I was nominated me for ‘The Guardian Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London, 2004.’ I was also Head of ICT from April 2007– July 2008.
St. Thomas More RC School, Haringey
Technology and Art Teacher from September 1997– July 2000 (3 years). I came across St. Thomas More as a very young supply teacher, after a troublesome time abroad in Nigeria with the VSO. The school welcomed me as a young, naïve teacher and I soon established myself a regular salary and a classroom I could learn my subject and practice.
Voluntary Services Overseas
Head of Design Technology at St. Thomas’ School, Kano, Nigeria in 1997; living on a humble salary of £15 per month in an apartment large enough to have 3 reasonably sized classrooms and still have room to sleep! My time is Nigeria was short-lived, but I do hope to return to Kano in the future now that I have seen much more of the world!
Goldsmiths University of London
I trained to be a teacher at Goldsmiths (1993 – 1997) under the tutoring of Dr. Terry Liddament and Professor Kay Stables. I loved every second, mastering my teaching repertoire in 4 teaching placements in and around South London.
I was delighted to feature in a centenary magazine, ‘Celebrating 100 years of education at Goldsmiths College’ in November 2014.