The family of Paul Ginnis, who wrote the influential best-seller The Teacher’s Toolkit, have paid tribute to the “inspiring” author after he died suddenly on Friday.

Mr Ginnis, who also co-authored Curriculum with Stories with his wife Sharon and A Guide to Student-Centred Learning and The Student-Centred School with Dr Donna Brandes, was a former head of religious education in Birmingham and staff development tutor who has worked in more than 4,000 secondary schools.

The Teacher’s Toolkit is currently in its 12th reprint, is a Waterstones best-seller and has already been translated into Slovenian, Hungarian, Indonesian and Arabic.

In a statement posted on Twitter, his family said: “We are devastated to confirm that Paul suddenly passed away at home on Friday.

“Thank you for all your kind thoughts. He was an inspiration to us all. Let his ideas live on in your schools and beyond.”

David Bowman, managing director of Mr Ginnis’s publisher Crown Publishing, said in a statement: “It is with great shock and sadness that we announce the death of Paul Ginnis, one of our most loved and respected authors.

“Paul was the pioneer of what became the ‘Ginnis’ way of teaching, and thousands of teachers and their pupils have benefited from his practical and engaging pedagogy. Along the way he inspired many other authors and trainers, who will now take up his mantle and keep his name alive for generations to come.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Sharon and his children Stephen, Claire and Helen and their families.”

Editor’s Note: Paul Ginnis wrote the book Teacher’s Toolkit and should not be confused with Ross McGill, who tweets as @TeacherToolkit and runs a website of the same name.