First, a short film that sets the scene:


A big thank you to Paul Dix (@pivotalpaul) for setting me this challenge which for him came from @teachertoolkit. The spirit of #twitteratichallenge is set out below.

 In the spirit of social-media-educator friendships, this summer it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support.



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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Then, the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their five other educators to participate in the challenge.
  5. 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.

I joined Twitter in 2009 having just left my full time teaching job to explore other avenues in education. I still had to pay the mortgage and support my family and I found Twitter to be an excellent platform to share my work. At the time, it was also a cool place to be, to share ideas, celebrate work and so on. In sharing work, you also, I guess, bare your soul – well, your values, if nothing else. I have learned so much from people on Twitter and I’m really grateful. I’m lucky to share much of my working life (but I won’t say ‘day-to-day’ as that’s not how it works for me) with quality people such as @davewhitaker246, @debrakidd, @janeh271, @simbar3, @rkieran, @kathrinedavies, @mobo40, as well as the great folk at @itlworldwide (including @ninajackson, @bravehead, @lisajaneashes, @ictevangelist, @surrealanarchy, @cristahazell, @markfinnis, @philbeadle, @geogphil, @fullonlearning to name a few). I also meet great people as I travel around doing what I do. Anyway………….

My five recommended Twitter educators who have, perhaps not knowingly, supported me over the years are:




A thoughtful and innovative gent who is clearly up to his neck in quality inquiry and when I look at the stuff he’s doing and thinking, I want to cheer.


Colin Goffin


A thoroughly decent cove who appears to have a big job to do but maintains a lovely sense of warmth and wisdom about him – even on Twitter!


Natalie Scott


I’m nearly breaking @TeacherToolkit’s rules here. I haven’t worked with Natalie yet but will be doing in July. She’s a committed educator working on The Isle of Wight and is trying very hard to have an impact. Her tweets are positive and she’s been a great champion of the school she’s working in.


Jarlath O’Brien


I’ve met him just once in the flesh, but here is a bloke who does the business as a Headteacher of a Special School. I’m very passionate about Special Education as those of you who follow my work will know, and Jarlath’s approach to leadership and learning (as seen through his blog) has much for mainstream colleagues to think about.




I have known Tim through Mantle of the Expert work for around ten years and yet I think we’ve only sat down for a beer once in all that time. He is a credible educator who does the business in the classroom as well as leading professional thinking and learning. He’s also dead brainy.

So that’s my list. It was hard to put together and if I could I’d add another five straight away who’ve popped into my head whilst I’ve been doing this.

Here’s some honourable mentions (and forgive me if you don’t appear, this is very much on the fly)













@jamieportman – who got me on Twitter in the first place!!

….and many, many more!



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