The #TwitteratiChallenge is a great way to highlight the great support that is out there on twitter and I have had loads of people who have helped me to develop as a teacher and leader (see Teacher Toolkit’s blog post about it). Here are my ‘Top 5′ people, who I don’t work with, who have inspired me in recent years (in no particular order). Picking 5 was really difficult – I could have picked 20!  However,  I have tried to pick people who have made me stop, think and change what I do (or how I do it).  Once you have read about them follow them on twitter and read the #TwitteratiChallenge rules and tell everyone your top 5!

Thanks to Jim Smith for including me in his top 5 – I’m honoured.


David was one of the very fist bloggers I started to follow.  His blogs have had a huge impact on me for all sorts of reasons – but mostly for crystallising my thoughts on the nonsense of lesson observations and many other teaching gimmicks.   David made me start thinking about the world of cognitive science and how this should be informing our approach to teaching – not OFSTED.

I am very much looking forward to finally meeting him at our forthcoming TeachMeet.


John is just brilliant and lovely.  His principled approach to school leadership and ability to see through the guff is an inspiration to me.  He has also been a fantastic support, in terms of taking the principles of ‘growth mindset’ and applying them at a whole school level – beyond the posters and assemblies.

During anxious times, I read John’s blog and it makes everything alright!


Like John, Tom is another headteacher who has been a great inspiration.  Tom struck a chord with me when I heard him talking at West Sussex Deputies Network meeting.  He was talking with such passion about how we need to move away from a prescriptive and sterile ‘plantation’ approach to teaching and embrace a wide range of teaching approaches – the ‘rainforest’ approach.  If it’s great, it works – forget about the ticklists!


I love reading Joe‘s intelligent posts.  They usually make me sit there nodding furiously in agreement!  It’s fantastic to see Joe thinking about the process of learning and then applying this to his own teaching and then more recently, at a whole school level.  A real thinker!


Pete is a lovely chap.  He is passionate about implementing a growth mindset approach in his school and I’ve been inspired by many of his great ideas.  Notably his ‘ethic of excellence’ wall, that he uses to display student work in beautiful, ornate frames.  I was blown away by this idea and stole it immediately!  It has had a huge impact in my school.


#Twitteratichallenge Rules:

There are only 3 rules.

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge
  3. You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the Rules and What To Do) information into your own blog post.
    What To Do?

There are 5 to-dos you must use if you would like to nominate your own list of colleagues.

Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regulalry go-to for support and challnege. They have now been challenged and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
If you’ve been nominated, you must write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @StaffRm.
The educator nominated, that means you reading this must either: a) record a video of themselves (using Periscope?) in continuous footage and announce their acceptance of the challenge, followed by a pouring of your (chosen) drink over a glass of ice.
Then, the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their five other educators to participate in the challenge.
The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top-5 go-to educators are.




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