Last Updated 21/08/2019
Staying top of the class is @TeacherToolkit. Created by Ross Morrison McGill back in 2008, @TeacherToolkit was originally a Twitter account where he could share his ideas for the classroom with other teachers. @TeacherToolkit now has a loyal following from around the world and a team of experts creating a professional platform for teachers to be heard and providing resources and support for those in the classroom. Ross is the brains behind the 5 Minute Lesson Plan, which received a gold star from the Department of Education for helping teachers save time, plus there’s even a @TeacherToolkit podcast to get teaching inspiration on your commute.
Moving into second place is teacherhead. Founded by Tom Sherrington, a headteacher with 30 years’ experience, teacherhead shares contemporary educational ideas with other teachers. Tom now travels the UK as an education consultant, using teacherhead to update his followers on new ideas and practices for the classroom. teacherhead has plenty of practical advice for teachers both new and experienced, providing insight into the current curriculum and must-read books for better teaching.
The Learning Spy was created by David Didau back in 2011 when he became frustrated with the state of education and needed a place to share the constraints and irritations of the ordinary teacher. Since then, The Learning Spy has grown into a hugely popular education blog, leading to David consulting on the Ofsted Inspection Handbook in 2014. David is the author of several books and is passionate about challenging how schools adapt their approach to teaching literacy, encouraging teachers to get their students reading more by reading to them.
Climbing our education blog ranking is Learning with ‘e’s. Steve Wheeler is the brains behind this blog, bringing together his years of experience and passion for learning technology. Learning with ‘e’s covers the changes technology is bringing to the education system and into the classroom, from the importance of teachers blogging to making virtual reality part of a lesson. Learning with ‘e’s provides an honest account of the issues faced by teachers alongside helpful advice such as how best to communicate with students.
Stephen Tierney is the brains behind @LeadingLearner. CEO of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust, Stephen started blogging @LeadingLearner to share his love of learning, leadership and the curriculum. Stephen posts detailed articles covering policy issues affecting teachers, from advising on which papers to read to sharing his thoughts on the latest Ofsted regulations. @LeadingLearner has plenty of resources for the classroom too, from lesson plans to creative ideas to get students engaged.
Resourceaholic was created by Jo Morgan back in April 2014 as a place to share her teaching ideas and help students discover their love for maths. Jo made the move from the city to the classroom back in 2009 and never looked back, turning her mathematical experience in statistics into fun lessons for her class. Resourceaholic has hundreds of lesson plan ideas for children of all ages, from suggesting interactive maths apps for pre-school age to creative homework tips for A-Level students.
A brand-new entry into our education blog ranking is ICTEvangelist. Creator Mark Anderson wanted to share his 20 years’ teaching experience with others, from how to use technology to enhance a lesson to his top suggestions for making sure the classroom is accessible and inclusive for all. Mark now takes ICTEvangelist on the road, travelling around the UK and working with schools so they can get the most out of classroom tech.
Andrew Old started his blog Scenes From The Battleground back in 2006, and since then has shared his thoughts on both the highs and the lows of the teaching profession. With a background in teaching students from deprived areas in tough secondary schools, Scenes From The Battleground covers the developments that have been made in the education system. Andrew tackles controversial issues faced by teachers, from the use of isolation booths to handling difficult behaviour in the classroom.
Class Teaching is the creation of Shaun Allison, Chris Runeckles, Fran Hardy and Andy Tharby – all teachers at Durrington High School. Class Teaching focuses on the positive lessons they’ve found in the profession, sharing the bright spots in their school and others. The team behind Class Teaching all encourage teacher collaboration and they run a number of workshops throughout the year to help all teachers, from NQTs to those with years of experience.
10. The PIE Blog
Another new entry into our education blog ranking is The PIE Blog, the official blog for The PIE, an independent media, recruitment and events company connecting professionals working in education. The PIE Blog covers a wide range of education issues, from secondary education through to universities, and articles offer insight and opinion on a variety of topics from the importance of international students to the country and its economy, to the issue of diversity at Oxbridge.
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The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these education blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.