Meet Ross Morrison McGill
Ross works with pupils, teachers and school leaders across the world, supporting teaching and learning, workload and mental health. A former deputy headteacher, he has been teaching for over 25 years working in some of the most challenging secondary schools in London. 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.
Ross has worked in over 160 schools, colleges and universities across the U.K., including schools in Belarus, Canada, Cyprus, China, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UAE. Known online as @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed educator on social media in the UK’, he has built one the most influential education websites, sharing resources with 11+ million readers across the world.
Ross is a qualified teacher who, across three decades, has worked in some of the most challenging secondary schools in London as a design technology teacher and as a deputy headteacher. Throughout his school leadership, he has been responsible for improving quality of teaching and learning and has an international profile as a leading contributor and organiser of professional development, research, and teacher wellbeing within a growing community of education professionals. As the most followed educator on social media in the U.K., he offers unique social media insights and support for schools and organisations.
He is frequently asked to speak at national conferences and has worked with teachers all over the U.K. and in many parts of the world. He is regularly asked to reflect on educational developments in multiple publications about education policy and through his website, advocates teaching and supports thousands worldwide. He is a PGCE tutor and visiting tutor at the University of Buckingham and when not completing action doctoral research on and offline, he is either teaching teachers, reading, writing or tweeting!
Ross commenced his doctorate (EdD) in September 2018 at Cambridge University and is researching “how social media influences education policy”. In August 2018, after 32 years of silence, he spoke out about male sexual abuse to encourage more men to speak up.
Ross qualified as a teacher with a BAEd in Design Technology with Secondary Education (QTS) from Goldsmiths College, University of Arts London (93-97). He gained a masters degree in Design Studies from Central St. Martins College, University of Arts London (2006). He is a former SSAT Design Technology Lead Practitioner and was recognised by The Teaching Awards in 2004. He supports the charity work of Survivors UK; Education Support UK; Bliss Charity and Tommy’s Baby.
As an outcome to his blog, Bloomsbury Publishing asked McGill to write his first book, 100 Ideas – Outstanding Lessons in 2013, which has now sold over 20,000 copies and reached the top-30 of all books listed on Amazon, 3 months after publication. He wrote the book in three months! His second book, Teacher Toolkit: helping you survive your first five years (September 2015) is very popular with new teachers and his third has reached international success: Mark Plan Teach, published in September 2017 has sold over 20,000 copies and has made Ross, Bloomsbury’s most successful education author, ever. His fourth book, Just Great Teaching offers insights from schools across the UK.
Ross has already started plans on his fifth book with some of his bloggers on this site also with their own book deals. He has written for Schools Week newspaper and for the Guardian Education; preview all his citation and publications in the press.
Ross McGill was recognised by Debrett’s in 2015 and features in People of Today, which recognises over 20,000 individuals who are positively influencing Britain and inspiring others through their achievements and leadership. McGill received a Teaching Award and was nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London, 2004’. He was also listed as an ‘Education Reformer of the Year in 2014’ by The Education Foundation Think Tank. This website regularly reaches the number one spot in blogger awards for education; the pinnacle to date has been winning the UK Blog Awards in April 2018. He is a annual winner of blog awards, particulary in other industries who recognise TeacherToolkit as a force for good in education...
He is currently a judge for The Teaching Awards, for the ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’ category.
Teacher Toolkit website is consistently ranked highly within education across the world by many organisations. His articles and resources exceed 11 million views collectively. In 2014 to 2019, Vuelio has awarded McGill with the ‘Best UK Education Blog‘ (20013-2019) and in March 2016, DRUM shortlisted Teacher Toolkit for ‘Best Use of Social Media‘ by alongside BBC, ITV, Vogue Magazine and The Mirror. In 2018, Teacher Toolkit was shortlisted for the U.K. Blog Awards in Education and won! Ross also founded @SLTchat in 2012 for school leaders, and @EdDchat in 2019 which brings thousands of researchers online to discuss issues and share ideas once a week. He also shared the famous #5MinPlan which has been downloaded over one million times in 170+ countries across the world.