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Ross McWilliam

Ross McWilliam

Positive Mental Health and The Winning Mindset - How to turn potential into talent!

Ross McWilliam has been speaking and ‘edutaining’ audiences on mindsets for over 30 years. He has worked in over 1,000 schools with both staff and pupils, and has probably changed the lives of one million people.

Ross then branched out into the corporate world of professional football as a Commercial Manager and matchday host at Preston North End FC. It was in this role that he blended his educational experience with corporate entertainment and really connected with his audiences. This can be seen when he catches a raw egg on the back of his neck to demonstrate belief, confidence and sometimes resilience, when the egg cracks!

Ross has developed a niche in ‘Developing Positive Mental Health Mindsets’ where, as an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, he talks about mental health awareness, barriers to health, and strategies to unlock health and promote healing. He delivers to both pupils and staff. As part of his expertise, Ross has created a best-selling book for pupils based on mindful mental health which features a series of mini strategy videos. These resources have been called revolutionary by many senior educational leaders.

Ross is also a prolific mindsets author having published four books aimed at ages 8-12.

He is a regular speaker on the educational keynote speaking circuit. In the last year alone, he has spoken at Institute of School Business Leaders National Conference, Ealing Borough Council SBM Conference, Gloucester Primary Heads Association and Lancashire Association of School Business Managers Conference, and spoken overseas in Bruges Belgium, Dusseldorf Germany and has a speaking tour of North America in September 2019.

Ross has written for Headteacher Update, SecEd, Times Educational Supplement and Primary Times.

Please find some topics that Ross can cover in his talks below:

Motivational Speaking - Choices

This talk will examine self-belief, resilience, purposeful practice, mind fitness, legacy motivators and confirmation markers.

Winning Mindsets for Children & Young Adults

This talk will examine why 8-12 is a crucial time for development, how a growth mindset to challenge and temporary failure can be harnessed, and what measures can be used to assess progress.

Resilience - Is It All It's Cracked Up To Be?

This talk will look at the benefits of resilience, how we can get more of it and the warning signs when we pursue it too aggressively.

Testimonials from Teachers

“You and your team clearly made a significant difference to our children, for which we are enormously grateful. Your feedback data indicates all those areas. I will be discussing your future visits with Scott Carnochan, our Headteacher, and will be back in touch in due course.”

– Claire Chatterley, Lead Teacher PSHE, Sedbergh Independent School

“I have known Ross for many years and I had every confidence he could deliver enterprise training to the staff at Preston’s College – I was right!”

– Peter Melling, Preston’s College

"Ross and Colin helped fill the gap on teachers strike day. They held 150 students emotionally captive for 2 hours. The staff enjoyed the learning as much as the students."

– Gemma Potter, Sutton Academy​

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