James Manwaring

  • James Manwaring has been writing for Teacher Toolkit since February 2017.
  • He is director of music for Windsor Learning Partnership, a Multi-Academy Trust in Windsor, Berkshire.
  • He oversees music for the 4 schools in the trust and has been working in music education for 16 years.
  • James has been nominated for a National Music Education Award for the last 4 years and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and MMA.
  • He is passionate about music education and aims to provide opportunities for all students to get involved in learning, creating and performing music.
  • Contact James and read all of his blogs here.


In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...