I’ve watched the #nurture1314 hashtag go from strength to strength, but it’s not really my sort of thing. However, as my end-of-year-review, I’m finally getting round to following up on @Samfr‘s excellent post on 75 education people you should follow. It was quickly noted when it was published back in early November that there were very few (if any) primary tweeters listed. That wasn’t because of some bias of Sam’s but rather because of the differences between his interests and those of most primary tweeters. I strongly recommend Sam’s list as a starting point for anyone new to Twitter in education.
I’m not going to attempt anything like a list of 75*, and just like Sam’s list, mine will be wholly subjective based on what has interested me during 2013. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, more primary teachers who also use Twitter, but these are the people who have sparked my interest over the last year and whom I recommend to you for 2014 if you’re not already following them. Many also have excellent blogs well worth looking out for. Of course, you should also be following me!
*I had to stop myself at 25, mind!
Prawnseye – a new twitter account promoting things of interest to primary – may be one to watch in 2014?
The Primary Head – a primary head in Bristol, with a great sense of humour as seen in his blog.
Old Primary Head – another Bristol Head – something of a double-act with The Primary Head!
Chris Andrew – a primary deputy who has also begun to tackle Ofsted from the inside!
Tracey Griffiths – primary deputy and ‘Future Leader’ from London
Phil Allman – Junior School Head, not afraid of sharing his views.
Claire Lotriet – Y6 teacher in London, with plenty of good ideas to share.
Miss Horsfall – brilliantly self-described as “Year 3 wrangler-in-chief”, also in London
Miss Smith – Another London teacher, not afraid to have her say.
Mr Chadwick – Y6 teacher & maths leader in the Westcountry.
Amy Harvey – Y6 teacher and curriculum leader
Classroom Truths – soon quick to put me in my place following my call for primary blogs, but adding plenty to the debate too.
The Erasmus Collective – not as odd as the title suggests: infant teacher and mum in East Anglia.
Nancy Gedge – writes particularly on matters affecting SEN
Cherryl KD – another SEN expert who teaches across phases (and who has recently kindly added a hyphen for clarity)
Others with Primary involvement
I should say that many of these are also classroom practitioners either by training, experience, or on-going classroom work, but are perhaps more primarily involved now in other linked fields.
Sue Cowley – famed for her teaching books, with a particular interest in Early Years.
Andy Jolley – primary governor, with a close eye on the impending free meals for infants fiasco!