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What do people say?
The best INSET rarely does one size fits all but Ross breaks the mould.
Alastair Armstrong, assistant headteacher Fettes College, Edinburgh
Aidan Brennan, deputy headteacher, The Trinity Catholic School
Email from a teacher
“I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Ross – I know he must hear it a lot, but being a young female teacher, so early on in my teaching career with a lot of responsibility as subject lead, things have been quite daunting and challenging at times. I have always wanted to be ‘me’ and share my own thoughts and ideas, doing what I have felt is right and more importantly, what my students needed but this has always been a worrying prospect when you are surrounded by older, more experienced peers who in most cases, don’t feel it necessary to change. Being part of the Verbal Feedback Project has not only changed my life and career, but more importantly, it will change my students’ experiences. You have given me the confidence to be me and believe that I can make a difference. I feel empowered to react to students in front of me and know that VF is enough to push the progress of students forward. My work-life balance is immeasurably improved and I am now spending more time with my husband and family. I feel so relaxed and no-longer feel weighed down and pressured by the job. Honestly, Ross, I cannot thank you enough for all the confidence and knowledge you have given me. You really are an inspiration for teachers and the profession has a much brighter future with you in it.”
Ross McGill has worked hundreds of organisations across the U.K. and in Belarus, Germany, Canada, China, Cyprus, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Practical, energising and a genuine champion of the craft of teaching. There are ideas, anecdotes and a seemingly endless number of suggestions. The research is there to provoke and push us all forward.
Stuart Worden, principal, The BRIT School
Humorous, insightful and full of common sense. He truly was an inspirational speaker!
Dr. Tracey Jones, principal, Lord Grey Academy
I was immediately struck by Ross’ no-nonsense, practical advice and superb style of delivery … even my two deputies who been at the school for 30 years and retiring soon, were caught engrossed in his book the next day!
Emma Bryson, headteacher, King’s School, Gütersloh
Ross has a very powerful way of cutting through the bureaucracy that can and very often does, take teachers under!
Kate Bradley, head of secondary, La Cote International School, Switzerland
Such a lively and interesting, thought-provoking training day – and thank you for volunteering to do so!
Louise Reznikova – deputy headteacher, The Windsor Boys’ School
I sat in Ross’ training before Easter realising I wished I was back in the classroom and, just before half term, took the plunge and am going back as an English Teacher in September – having stopped as a deputy headteacher.
Ellie Thompson, central services director for a school trust in SE England
It is a rarity to deliver CPD that can hook even the most ‘experienced’ of teachers, introduce new ideas, create a to-do-list as long as your arm and then show you how to do it all in 5 minutes, but Ross managed to do all of this in just a morning!
Kate Carr, deputy headteacher, Akeley Wood School
The buzz Ross created was palpable, the confidence we gained as a team was profound; the session – which was thoroughly tailored to the needs of our school – was delivered in a supportive and stimulating manner. It really was a remarkable learning experience which I can’t recommend enough!
Cath Smith, headteacher, The John Roan School
Fantastic keynote from Ross for our wellbeing inset day, thought-provoking, insightful and has enabled us all to think about ways to support our own wellbeing.
Justine Rumsey, assistant headteacher, Chellaston Academy
Ross emulates empathy and understanding of the pressures teachers are under. His toolkit is invaluable and each member of staff left the training session with practical takeaways which can be easily implemented.
Shirley Drummond, headteacher, St Helen’s College, Hillingdon
Ross worked on high-quality pedagogy, top tips on reducing workload and challenging debate on education’s hot topics. Excellent value…
Tom Campbell, education director, Greenwood Academies Trust
The school was ‘buzzing’ the next day; staff felt uplifted and were really keen to start putting ideas into practice!
Ms. Geraldine Higham, St. Edmund’s Catholic Academy
Rooted in real-life situations and instead of adding to workload, the focus is truly on working more effectively to have a greater impact on the progress of the pupils.
Chris Fletcher, head of teaching school, Blueprint Teaching Alliance
Ross led a 3-hour session for a group of heads and senior leaders from 8 primary schools in Exeter. Ross gave us exactly what we asked for, leaving us with practical strategies that will improve all of our schools. A brilliant morning!
Mr. Roy Souter, headteacher, Stoke Hill Juinor School
It was everything we wanted from the session and more. Ross created an atmosphere where staff could be open and honest about their concerns…
Chris Dyson – headteacher, Parklands Primary School
As with everything in life, you get what you pay for!
Mrs. Kate Owbridge, Executive headteacher, Ashdown Primary School
Ross delivered a top-notch start of year training day with us. A real professional and totally human too: we can’t wait to have Ross back to work with us again!
Tor Del Federico, deputy headteacher, College Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland
Thought-provoking and challenging.
Jo Pridding, assistant headteacher, All Hallows Catholic College