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Ross McGill has worked hundreds of organisations, delivering keynotes, roundtable discussions and Q&A panels, as well as leading teacher training across the U.K. and in Canada, Spain, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
What do people say?
“The method was the message! Ross spent a very beneficial day with a group of Hinchingbrooke colleagues coaching us to be great coaches. He’s inspired us with the confidence to lead our CPD programme forwards.” (Helen Fullard, Assistant Principal, Hinchingbrooke School – February 2019)
“The training delivered by Ross was rooted in real-life situations and as such, implementable by teachers at all stages of their career. Instead of adding to workload, the focus is truly on working more effectively, using proven techniques backed up by a secure evidence base, to have a greater impact on the progress of the pupils. Our teachers came out of the session enthused and reassured by Ross’ delivery, confidence and evident fervour for teaching, with a whole toolbox of new strategies to try.” (Chris Fletcher, Head of Teaching School, Blueprint Teaching Alliance – January 2019)
“Ross emulates empathy and understanding of the pressures teacher are under. His toolkit is invaluable and each member of staff left the training session with practical takeaways which can be easily implemented into the classroom. For school leaders, it is a great opportunity to review feedback policies and procedures. Thank you Ross!” (Shirley Drummond, Headteacher, St Helen’s College, Hillingdon – January 2019)
“I was absolutely delighted with the ‘Mark, Plan, Teach’ training day Ross led on behalf of our Greenwood Learning Alliance. The event involved teachers and leaders from across our 3-19 academy Trust working with Ross on high-quality pedagogy, top tips on reducing workload and challenging debate on education’s hot topics. Feedback from delegates was extremely positive with many now using the MPT book as their teaching and learning bible. Excellent value all round and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Ross through the rich array of resources from his website.” (Tom Campbell, Education Director, Greenwood Academies Trust – October 2018)
“I first saw Ross present during an NAHT conference on Capturing the Teenage Brain and I was immediately struck by his no-nonsense, practical advice and superb style of delivery: I was mesmerised from the start! Our military school is closing down next year and I knew Ross was what we needed to raise people’s spirits, motivate them for the year ahead and reassure them they would be ready for life back in the UK. And he didn’t let us down. Presenting to around 100 colleagues from 4 different MOD Schools in Germany, Ross had us all at hello! His highly interactive style and simple yet powerful strategies had all of us hooked – even my two deputies who been at the school for 30 years and retiring soon, were caught engrossed in his book the next day! If you are after a highly motivational INSET day, with tons of practical advice and resources to reduce workload and protect staff wellbeing, then look no further. We all had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the day.” (Ms. Emma Bryson, Headteacher, King’s School, Gütersloh – October 2018).
“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 – September 2018)
“Ross led a 3-hour session for a group of heads and senior leaders from 8 primary schools in Exeter. We asked Ross to give us some ideas for improving the way we give feedback to teachers to help them improve practice, and to share some workload reduction strategies. Ross gave us exactly what we asked for, leaving us with practical strategies that will improve all of our schools. We came away feeling motivated and enthused, reaffirming that working in schools, especially in leadership positions, is a fabulous job that allows us to make a difference to children’s and adult’s lives. A brilliant morning!” (Mr. Roy Souter, Headteacher, Stoke Hill Juinor School – September 2018)
“As with everything in life, you get what you pay for; Ross was really good value for money.” (Mrs. Kate Owbridge, Executive Headteacher, Ashdown Primary School – September 2018)
“Ross McGill is incredible – both on paper and in person. Ross has a very powerful way of cutting through the bureaucracy that can and very often does, take teachers under. He offered practical advice, tips and survival expertise and everyone took something away. Best of all, the ideas come from a place of research!” (Kate Bradley, Head of Secondary School, La Cote International School, Switzerland – September 2018)
“Ross delivered a top-notch start of year training day with us; he pitched it just right for the two different groups he worked with and successfully ignited, revived or rekindled the learning spark in our teachers after a long summer break. 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 – August 2018)
“Humorous, insightful and full of common sense. He truly was an inspirational speaker!” (Dr Tracey Jones, Principal, Lord Grey Academy – July 2018)
“Thought-provoking and challenging.” (Jo Pridding, Assistant Headteacher, All Hallows Catholic College – July 2018)
“Ross is an exceptionally knowledgeable presenter.” (Lisa Clark, Norfolk Teaching and Leadership Excellence Centre – June 2018)
“Utterly fantastic!” (Aidan Brennan, Deputy Headteacher, The Trinity Catholic School – April 2018)
The best INSET rarely does one size fits all but @TeacherToolkit breaks the mould. Ross tailored to our needs – theory, pedagogy and practical ideas to advance our teaching and learning – just brilliant.” (Alastair Armstrong, Assistant Headteacher Fettes College, Edinburgh – January 2018)
I was truly inspired to the extent that on the train journey home, I was already rewriting our school teaching and learning policy. When I got back to work, I provided my feedback in our senior leadership team meeting and went through everything. By the end of the meeting, I had convinced them all that we need to have a good rethink and place teaching and learning at the heart of everything we do.” (Howard Flanagan – Director of Teaching & Learning, Erith School – March 2018).
Within days of attending a TeacherToolkit social media course, I saved time in promoting my school and instantly had 3 school place enquiries! Ross packs so much into the day; his expertise and wealth of tips not only save time and reduce your workload, but it immediately makes an impact.” (Tracey Griffiths – Headteacher, Barn Croft Primary School – February 2018)