On Wednesday 29th April @TeacherToolkit shared a new blog/challenge for the educators on Twitter. Here is the link to #TwitteratiChallenge.

As a result of this the lovely @cherrylkd nominated me as one of her top 5 educators to go to on here. Thank you again Cherryl for nominating me, I’m truly honoured that you listed me as one of your top five.

Here are the 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.

1. Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act 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 (chose) drink over a glass of ice.

4. Then the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their 5 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.

It was incredibly hard to think of who to choose as there are so many great people on twitter. So after much consideration and head scratching here goes. In no particular order here are my top 5 Edutweeters who I refer to when I need help, advice or support.


Sarah Simons



FE lecturer, bother causer, whippet appreciator, beginner adventuress, Matron General of , columnist & broadcaster for

I came across ‘Matron’ nearly two years ago, when I was searching twitter for FE teachers and discovered #ukfechat. She is not only a lovely, clever, witty person on here, but in real life too. She has given me the confidence to believe in myself and what I am capable of. Engaging in #ukfechat has really helped me find ‘my feet’ in the world of further education. Sarah is also doing amazing work to help give a voice to further education matters. This year has seen #ukfechat members attend a meeting with Lorna Fitzjohn at Ofsted HQ to voice concerns on the CIF. She has also created a website for #ukfechat and has helped publish two eBooks (see here) that further education practitioners have contributed to. Also do read her latest article in the TES here it shows what fantastic things #ukfechat are doing thanks to Sarah.

Chris Curtis



Teacher of English / Reader / Who fan / Geek / Pizza lover / Wordsmith / Father / Education Scientist – Rank in order of importance.

Chris writes blogs that are extremely helpful for ideas in teaching English, click here to read them. As a further education teacher who teaches functional skill English, it is great to read what Chris does in his classroom. It helps me a great deal, after all I really do not want to ‘tick boxes’ just so the students achieve their grade. I want them to receive more than that in their forty five minute or hour and half lesson. The resources and ideas Chris offers help me do this. Furthermore he is just as lovely in person as on twitter with a very keen sense of humour too.

Jayne Stigger



Astronomy and Science bunny, Ambassador. Works in FE & HE (Maths & Science) Proud to be part of Like them or not, my views are my own.

I met Jayne through #ukfechat and the other year I went into blind panic as I had been timetabled to teach functional skills maths. Jayne came to my rescue and provided me with an array of resources and ideas. I have also had the pleasure to meet Jayne in person too. She has a wealth of knowledge and a killer sense of humour! She also writes some excellent blogs on further education click here to read them

Sarah Ledger



I teach and I write for and & . I’m working on 50 things to do before I’m 50: read my blog.

I have had the pleasure to converse with Sarah on twitter and in real life. Sarah is witty and an extremely intelligent woman who also knows her onions. Sarah does not normally blog teacher related issues but what she does blog is brilliant (click here) and actually you find yourself reflecting on all sorts of things. Furthermore she will engage in twitters educational discussions with grace and compassion whilst showing respect to others.

Dan Williams



FIfL, MSc – FE Teaching and Learning Coach interested in CPD, EdTech & learning theories~Google Cert Teacher~All views my own.

Dan is also a regular on #ukfechat and live meetups. He shares some great teaching and learning resources here, I have used several myself. He is also extremely good at playing ‘devils advocate’, which is great as he really gets you thinking. Furthermore he is every bit as helpful on twitter as he is in person.

Enjoy the #TwitteratiChallenge everyone!