Meet Ross McGill

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*Ross Morrison McGill is @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed educator on Twitter in the UK’ and founder of one of the most popular education websites in the U.K. He is an award-winning blogger, author and teacher with over 20 years teaching and school leadership experience in some the most challenging schools in London. In December 2015, he was nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015‘ and remains the only classroom teacher to have featured to this day … “

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Ross McGill is an experienced teacher and school leader, who, over the past three decades, has worked in some of the most challenging schools in London. Throughout his school leadership, he has been responsible for improving quality of teaching and learning and has a national profile as the leading contributor and organiser of online CPD within a growing community of education professionals. He has won awards for teaching, blogging and as an author – most notable for the Times 500. He is frequently asked to speak at national conferences and is regularly asked to reflect on educational developments in various publications about education policy. He is also a visiting tutor at the University of Buckingham and a PGCE tutor. Whilst completing action research on and offline, Ross hopes to start his PhD in September 2018.

Find out more about McGill’s career history …

McGill 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 currently supports the charity work of Education Support UK and sits on the Leadership Faculty at Teaching Leaders. He is a former SSAT Design Technology Lead Practitioner. Read more about McGill’s education awards and an up-close-and-personal interview by Schools Week.


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. His site regularly reaches the number one spot in blogger awards for education.

He is currently a judge for The Teaching Awards, for the ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’ category.


As a result of this blog, Bloomsbury Publishing asked McGill to write his first book, 100 Ideas – Outstanding Lessons, which reached the top-100 of all books listed on Amazon in 2013; his second book, Teacher Toolkit: helping you survive your first five years (September 2015) is also very popular with new teachers. He writes for Schools Week newspaper and for Guardian Education and is also the founder of @SLTchat and co-author of the #5MinPlan. In 2013, he was one of first UK teachers to venture into the unknown, with pay-per-download resources which inspired the TES to do the same.

His 3rd book, Mark Plan Teach book was published in September 2017 and Ross has already started plans on his fourth.

Worldwide Audience:

Teacher Toolkit website is consistently ranked 25th in education across the world by Teach 100 and articles and resources exceed 8 million views collectively. In 2014 to 2017, Vuelio awarded McGill with the ‘Best UK Education Blog‘ and in March 2016, DRUM shortlisted Teacher Toolkit for ‘Best Use of Social Media‘ by alongside BBC, ITV, Vogue Magazine and The Mirror. In 2017 and 2018, Teacher Toolkit was also shortlisted for the U.K. Blog Awards in Education.