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Just Great Teaching


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Ross Morrison McGill, bestselling author of Mark. Plan. Teach. and Teacher Toolkit, pinpoints the top ten key issues that schools in Great Britain are facing today, including marking and assessment, teacher wellbeing, student mental health, and behaviour and exclusions. Using research collected from ten primary and secondary schools, Ross provides strategies, ideas and techniques for how these issues can be tackled most effectively.

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Ross Morrison McGill, aka @TeacherToolkit, is the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK. His practical, inspiring lesson ideas are what make him so successful. His 5 Minute Lesson Plan is used by teachers all over the world! In 2015 he was listed in the Debrett's 500 as one of the 'most influential people in Britain'. He is the bestselling author of 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Outstanding Lessons, Teacher Toolkit and Mark. Plan. Teach., and is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.


Ross Morrison McGill has been asking penetrating questions about education policy for over a decade. Just Great Teaching doesn't disappoint. In an era of over-tested young people, a teacher recruitment crisis and grave concerns about workload, we urgently need solutions. This book provides a refreshing new vision of how our schools could be. * Fiona Millar, education writer and commentator, @schooltruth *
Listening to teachers about the pressures on their time, their wellbeing and their mental health, Ross offers back to the profession the practical wisdom he has accumulated. In the end, it is much more than Just Great Teaching; it is the hopeful manifesto our profession so urgently needs. * Mark Quinn, Programme Leader, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UCL Institute of Education *
Drawing on his considerable experience as a classroom teacher and senior leader, Ross McGill's book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in improving their teaching practice. This is a powerful working document for a better education system. * Bobby Seagull, Maths Teacher, University of Cambridge Doctoral Student, Author and BBC TV Presenter, @bobby_seagull *
Essential reading for anyone involved in teaching and learning, at any level. Ross reminds you what is actually important in the classroom and provides evidence-based strategies to enable these aspects to be effectively implanted. Case studies from real schools lend credence and valuable references for when you implement the ideas yourself. Everything presented is justified, assessed and evaluated by Ross, giving you the confidence to put it into practice in your classroom. * Chris Fletcher, SCITT Director, Yorkshire and Humber Teacher Training, @sciencefletch *
Bursting with fresh ideas, packed with practical tips, filled with wise words, this is an inspiring guide for all teachers. * Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter and co-author of 'What Works?', @LEM_Exeter *
Ross McGill does it again. Taking a problem-solving approach to key aspects of teachers' work - marking, assessing, planning and pedagogy - he provides a research-informed, practical set of suggestions to ensure Just Great Teaching. This book walks the talk of teacher and student wellbeing. * Stephen Tierney, CEO, blogger and author of 'Liminal Leadership', @LeadingLearner *
Just Great Teaching provides an honest, solution-focused account on the current state of teaching in the UK. For teachers determined to make lasting improvements to their practice, this book is an outstanding point of reference supported by evidence-based research findings. * Fabian Darku, further education teacher and blogger, @DarkuFabian *

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