“If a child can’t say it, a child can’t write it!” – is the mantra of this big personality and creator of ‘Big Writing’. She’s a Senior Education Consultant, with no less than 53 years experience of working within the sector. Meet the ever witty and rather brilliant, Ros Wilson!
How long have you been working in education and what’s your current role?
I have worked in education since 1965 – 53 years this year, and am currently a Senior Education Consultant.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love helping talented teachers change the life opportunities of the children they teach. I also very much enjoy providing support and advice to school managers and leaders and promoting ‘best practice’.
Who is your education idol and what three qualities do you think you share with them?
There are many and I wouldn’t want to offend by accidently omitting to name one, but they are almost all dynamic school leaders who care passionately about the wellbeing, the learning and the achievement of their pupils. Those are the qualities I hope I share with them. I also have the highest regard for several Leaders in Education, including Dame Alison Peacock, Professor Sam Twiselton and Mary Myatt.
What is your ethos and vision for education?
I would like to see an education system led and informed by great educationalists that is able to develop and improve consistently in a well-managed way that reflects clear vision, principles and the values of a great country – not by the swinging pendulum of political whim.
How do you think education will change in the future?
That will depend whether the profession and its Unions are able to rise up and speak as one in the search for all that is best for education, schools and children.
If you were education secretary what would be the first thing on your to do list tomorrow?
Form an Education Board of many of the great educationalists in this country and hand over the leadership of the future to them.
What is your proudest accomplishment as a teacher?
Probably survival of the 100+ educational policy ‘swings’ and changes that I have seen during my career. I am also very proud of the development and huge and lasting impact of ‘Big Writing’ in the schools that have maintained commitment to the only approach to teaching writing that is guaranteed to impact for all children of all backgrounds and abilities.
How would colleagues and pupils describe you?
Overweight! Hopefully – also - passionate, positive, knowledgeable and fun.
What’s your best top tip for teachers trying to inspire young writers?
You must have the subject knowledge to be able to teach children how to be successful in all 4 Toolkits for writing, empower them to operate the mechanics on automaticity and then inspire and enflame their excitement through amazing ideas, stimuli and purposes.
What three things would you take on a desert island?
A good quality Atlas, an inflatable dinghy and a paddle.
Choose 5 words to describe yesterday.
Arctic, torrential, informative, emotional, survived!
What do you do when you're not working?
Talk. Eat. Read. But I work most of the time – work is my joy and my passion.
Tell us something that would surprise people about you.
I am 9 stone, a size 12 and an Olympian in the making!
And finally, just for fun....
City or seascape?
Dine in or dine out?
Book or Boxset?
I couldn't get through the weekend without...
Laughter and family!
By Jennie Adams on 8th March 2018