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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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“It truly is the best job in the world.” The Teacher Toolkit launch.

Teacher Toolkit launch partyTo celebrate the publication of Ross Morrison McGill’s brilliant new book, Teacher Toolkit, we hosted a launch at Bloomsbury HQ in Bedford Square!

Ross is the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK (@TeacherToolkit), with a staggering 112,000 + followers. Teacher Toolkit is his second book to publish with Bloomsbury, and as you can imagine has been highly anticipated by his dedicated army of followers!

Launch party Friends, family, colleagues, teachers, authors, journalists, publishers, and competition winners all assembled to raise a glass to Teacher Toolkit. The room buzzed with the sound of educational professionals sharing ideas, stories, and ambitions. Among them was Ty Goddard, founder of The Education Foundation. Addressing the launch attendees in a moving and empowering speech about the shocking dropout rate in the teaching profession, he spoke passionately about the issue and said:

“This book is part of a growing movement of British teachers; it comes from the movement and is part of the movement. It is about how you survive teaching; top tips; practical; really honest, frank and passionate.”

A recent YouGov poll reported that 53% of teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years which means that keeping new teachers in the profession has never been more important!* This is the central aim of Teacher Toolkit and therefore, as the title suggests, it is packed full of teaching ideas and advice, that will help to reduce their workload with handy tips about all aspects of day to day teaching, but will also make them laugh!

Speaking about his own journey from the classroom to publication, Ross summarised what his book aims to achieve:

“This book is for every teacher who has been bullied; those forced to take redundancy and for the thousands of teachers who leave the profession within the first 5 years. Hopefully, it will entice teachers who have left the classroom, back into the profession, and to encourage others who have just started out, to stay in the classroom. It truly is the best job in the world.”

Next, thank yous were said, gifts were given, wine flowed, conversation continued, and Ross was presented with an enormous cake edition of the book!
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As the guests began to trickle out, juggling numerous copies of the book (purchased for themselves, friends, family and co-workers), there was a wonderful feeling of solidarity – of teachers supporting teachers. Certainly, the evening demonstrated that Teacher Toolkit is a resilient, intelligent, innovative, collaborative, and aspirational book – so let’s tell everyone about it!

In the infamous Action Jackson’s words:

“This book is the book that is going to revolutionise the minds of our teachers, showing them that they can fulfill their mission of inspiring our kids to dream big and never give up.”  Action Jackson, Youth Success coach and founder of The Fix-up Team


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.