First week of term and a number of our clients have told us that their new year resolution is to engage more with the ‘education world’, develop a better understanding of the ever changing educational landscape, join the online ed community and get to grips with Twitter. And our message to our clients is that it doesn’t have to be all consuming. It really doesn’t have to be a painful chore. You just need to start reading, listening to and following a few key podcasting, tweeting, blogging pioneers. So here is a brief starter list of who we recommend teachers, school and MAT leaders might want to keep eye on in 2019:
- Follow Laura McInerney – she is the chief executive of Teacher Tapp – a community of teachers who answer a weekly survey and share their experiences. The monthly summary of survey findings are worth a read on the Teacher Tapp blog or on Twitter @TeacherTapp. Laura is also a governor, former editor of Schools Week and former teacher at a London academy school and writes in The Guardian, speaks at many education events and blogs. Follow her on Twitter @miss_mcinerney
- Read Schools Week – we rate their broad range of coverage of education news as far more concise, up to the minute and accurate than TES. Follow Schools Week’s Twitter feed for their latest articles and education news stories @SchoolsWeek
- Subscribe to Warwick Mansell’s Education Uncovered and follow him on Twitter @warwickmansell He’s a highly respected education journalist who aims “to put under the microscope the endless waves of reforms which have hit England’s schools in recent years… as we dig around in the undergrowth of schools reform.”
- Listen to Paul Dix’s Pivotal Podcasts which focus on behaviour, safeguarding, teaching and learning and follow him on twitter @pauldixtweets Paul is a behaviour specialist who is currently leading the Ban the Booths campaign, seeking regulation for the use of isolation or confinement booths in schools.
- Former headteacher Tom Sherrington tweets @teacherhead and shares practical resources for both teachers and education leaders on his blog – for example have a look at his recent post sharing his free planning tool for teachers.
- Lisa Cherry has worked in education and social care for 30 years and has just launched a new blog, Voices of Exclusion, which is worth keeping an eye on as it develops this year. She aims to collate and share the stories of children, young people and adults who have experienced exclusion. Follow Lisa on Twitter @_ LisaCherry
- Listen to the LKMco Youth and Education Podcast which provides useful round ups on education research reports, education policies and issues such as school funding. Follow LKMco associate Iesha Small on Twitter @ieshasmall
We’re sure there are other bloggers, podcasters, tweeters and writers out there who you think should be on this list… so please tell us! Leave a comment and share with us your links and recommendations for those taking their first steps into the world of education media in 2019.