Category Archives: Ross McGill

Check Out Bloomsbury Education’s YouTube!

The Bloomsbury Education YouTube channel has TONS of brilliant videos to get stuck into; from five top tips for surviving in teaching to dramatic readings of poetry, animated trailers for up-and-coming fiction to suggestions on how to incorporate more kindness in the classroom.

Here’s a quick run-through of all the exciting videos on offer:

Bloomsbury Young Readers

Meet the characters, authors and illustrators behind the Bloomsbury Young Reader series, our book-banded stories for children aged 5-7. There will be pirate ships, there will be canine birthday parties, but most importantly, there will be some children flying into space!

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Happiness and Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom

Adrian Bethune, the author behind Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom, brings you a series of videos on how to create happiness, stillness and positivity in the hive of chaos that is a primary classroom! From tips for teaching kindness to writing your ‘what went wells’ at the end of each week, Adrian is awash with ideas on how to foster happy and healthy children!

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Meet Daniel Sobel

Who’s Daniel Sobel, you may wonder. Well, wonder no more. The inspiring author behind Narrowing the Attainment Gap and Leading on Pastoral Care describes his wonderful work on inclusion and how you can apply his ideas to your school.


Andrew Brodie Apps

We have a have a terrific range of apps for primary learners, written and designed by the legend himself, Andrew Brodie (full range here). These confidence-boosting apps for home and school cover telling the time, spelling, times tables and mental maths, and are a brilliant way of prepping students for SATS. Want to know more? Here’s a video to show you…

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Teacher Toolkit

Want to hear from the UK’s leading education blogger? We’ve got you covered. Ross Morrison McGill, aka Teacher Toolkit, shares tips, tricks and techniques from his bestselling book, Mark. Plan. Teach.!


Poetry from Joshua Seigal

He’s hilarious, he’s insightful, he’s brilliant…

Joshua Seigal is the mastermind poet behind Little Lemur Laughing, I Don’t Like Poetry and I Bet I Can Make You Laugh, and here he is reading a variety of poems. From Addicted to Chicken to Love Letter to a Lychee, there’s nothing quite like them!

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Make Your School an Excellent One

Rob Carpenter, author of A Manifesto for Excellence, has created a series of videos on how to make your school bloomin’ excellent. From creating an aspirational school environment to the importance of mindfulness and wellbeing, there are a plethora of great takeaways to enhance your teaching and inspire your pupils.

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Philosophy: 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking

Fancy a whole lesson at your fingertips, FOR FREE?! Esteemed founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation and author of 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking and The If Machine, Peter Worley presents a 44-minute video where he undertakes a sentence activity with a primary class, encouraging the children to think about meaning, structure and relationships.

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How to Survive in Teaching

How does one survive in teaching amidst the long hours, endless paperwork, demoralising colleagues, stress and anxiety? Ask Dr Emma Kell, author of How to Survive in Teaching and general unwavering optimist, who will teach you how to survive, nay, THRIVE, in this brilliant profession.

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Let’s Perform!

Loosen those limbs and begin those warm-up exercises, it’s time to get dramatic! Watch Cath Howe’s collection of original monologues, duologues and poetry in action, performed by the shining stars of Fern Hill Primary School!

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Head over to our YouTube channel to browse!

How to survive your first 5 years of teaching

Ross Morrison McGill, aka @TeacherToolkit believes that becoming a teacher is one of the best decisions you will ever make, but after more than two decades in the classroom, he knows that it is not an easy journey!

Packed with countless anecdotes, from disastrous observations to marking in the broom cupboard, TE@CHER TOOLKIT is a compendium of teaching strategies and advice, which aims to motivate, comfort, amuse and above all reduce the workload of a new teacher.


Check out an extract from TE@CHER TOOLKIT by clicking the link below and join the conversation! #VitruvianTeaching


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Teacher Toolkit is one week away! Holly Gardner

Teacher Toolkit author pictureToday it is one week until Ross Morrison McGill’s second book publishes. The office is buzzing with excitement that tomorrow we will see the finished product for the first time and fizzing with energy as we finalise the details for the launch next week on publication day.

It’s all very exciting!

We are very proud that the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK has written a book for us. Ross is an absolute star and his new book is not going to disappoint. As well as being packed full of ideas and anecdotes, the page layout is quirky and original and very different to anything we have done before… Have a look in our book sample to see for yourself!

You will see it includes a brand new-look #5MinMarkingPlan and there is a new-look version of the hugely popular #5MinLessonPlan in there too. And there is also a brand new, never seen before 5 minute plan that we know is going to go down a treat – you’ll have to wait until you get your copy to see what it is though!

You may have noticed we have been having a bit of fun on Vine this week as well, recreating one of the many fabulous illustrations that the book is filled with created by the talented Polly Norton. Try and guess which one we are re-creating here:

Yes – our Vitruvian Teacher gets everywhere – watch out for him in more videos as we continue the countdown to publication! Look at him here – this is his one week till publication day dance!

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Also this week on our Twitter account we revealed our competition to win a pair of tickets to the book launch next Thursday. All you have to do is follow and retweet us! If you haven’t done it already and you want to come and visit us at Bloomsbury HQ to raise a glass to Ross and get a free signed copy of his book AS WELL as to meet the man himself – get retweeting now!

As we countdown the last seven days until you can get your hands on a copy of Teacher Toolkit we will be sharing more exclusive content and videos, but for now I am going to leave you with our beautiful interactive cover illustrated by Jean Jullien. Scroll over the cover to find the six links, including an exclusive video from the brilliant @Actionjackson.