Paul K. Ainsworth

  • Writer: Paul has been writing for the Teacher Toolkit website since 2012.
  • He is an academy advisor for a large Multi-Academy Trust supporting primary and secondary schools. Paul has 15+ years senior leadership experience, including being the headteacher of a secondary school; he is also the chair of governors for two primary schools.
  • Paul writes for many educational publications and is regularly approached to speak at national teaching conferences. He recently spoke at TEDx Pocklington. 
  • His books include; Bloomsbury CPD Library: Middle Leadership, The Senior Leader’s Yearbook and Get that Teaching Job.
  • Read more about Paul and follow him at @PKAinsworth.
  • Contact Paul 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...