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The TES (Times Educational Suppliment) website is a website designed for teachers of all ages and is packed full of useful information, resources, and more importantly jobs. It is an excellent and fairly easy site to navigate and search for jobs. Both of the jobs I have had as a teacher I found on the TES website.
Once you are on the website www.tes.co.uk there is an easy link to the jobs section, and once you are there, it is fairly eary to perform a job search. You can search by subject and location (and include key words) in the 'quick' job search or you can simply click on a section of a map and search that way. The number of jobs in each county is also listed if you hover your mouse over the region. You can also choose to search by post for example you can search only for classroom teachers or for heads teachers, or other specific roles.
Once you have performed your main search the jobs are listed in a well presented manner with key information, and you can then choose how they are listed i.e. newest first, closing date first and so forth. The site is usually updated weekly (mainly on a Friday) and new jobs are highlighted. Once you find a job that you are interested in there is usually (depending on what the specific school has requested) a good amount of detail about the post and all of the necessary contact details, etc. The site also has various other ways of searching for example along the right hand side of the page you can do a more advanced search and search internationally also.
Overall, the site is very clear, very useful and usually very accurate. It does list the majority of jobs throughout England and the rest of the UK, however being quite costly to advertise I do know of schools who choose to advertise elsewhere such as on their own websites or on local government sites. For this reason, and although this site is brilliant, I wouldn't limit my job search to this site only. It is still wise to look around. Plus many jobs in Wales particularly (and I presume Scotland and Ireland) are also not listed on this website. An excellent site and very useful, but keep looking elsewhere incase.
The TES is literally the only website for true educational professionals.
Here's a breakdown of what it consists of:
- Jobs. There really is no point of looking for jobs anywhere else as eveything is listed here. Any school worth working at puts an ad on the job pages. It's easy to navigate: you can search by date posted and relevance. The only disadvantage is that some schools pay extra to have their ad put in a bold red colour, supposedly to attract readers! Just an eyesore!
-Community. There's a forum for everything. I post on the NQT forum and everyone is really friend and supportive. The subject specific forums are a great place to seek out advice!
-Resources: Upload resources or nab others. The resources are sometimes not the best quality, but lets face it they're free!
All in all a fantastic site that's totally free to join. A perfect edition to your weekly copy of the TES or a place to find jobs, resources and fellow teachers all in one place.
While the TES (Times Educational Supplement) does advertise teaching jobs it also holds so much more. The paper itself contains many interesting articles about education at all levels, and it written from the biased view point of either government or teacher. The articles can be read on the website as well as in the printed paper.
My favourite section of the website is the Community. This section gives teachers a chance to ask for advice and discuss a wide range of topics. The topics addressed can range from cooking and finance to behaviour management and classroom displays. There is normally a topic for everyone and sections devoted to different key stages. There are also specific sections for prospective teachers, trainee teachers and NQTs which are very useful for someone who is starting out as experienced teachers also provide advice on these forums.
There is also a resources section on the website, this is where teachers can upload resources that they have found useful in order to help other teachers.
The website also has the jobs section, for the majority this is for secondary posts and also for senior posts.
I used both the paper version and the online version when searching for my first teaching appointment.
I studied for my PGCE in 2008/2009 and started looking for September '09 appointments from about January '09. I personally found that the newspaper version didn't give me a lot and that the website version was much more helpful. On the website you can set it up to email you certain jobs in certain areas of the country. And of course, you can also go onto the website itself to search. I applied for about 10 jobs that I found via the TES site. However, none of these came to an appointment, although I did get a couple of interviews.
I ended up getting a job through the West Berkshire 'Green Sheets' which wasn't advertised in the TES.
Thinking more generally about the TES site, I found it to be very useful. Particularly the forums. When I was first thinking about teaching I spent time on the "prospective student teachers" forum. Once I got a teacher training place I moved to the "student teachers" forum and once I qualified I moved onto the "NQT" forum. It has been kind of fun to see my progression through the ranks!
Of course, the forums are stuffed full of useful information. Worth a visit.
**Not Just a Jobs Website**
The TES is the Times Educational Supplement and TES online and is a brilliant tool for teachers and student teachers or wannabe teachers. In fact if you are not a teacher it is still a good site as the forums have lots of questions and debates and there are the current articles from the paper on here too.
Traditionally the TES was in paper format and is produced by the Times. It came out every Friday (still does and will cost you!) and is the essential guide to teaching vacancies and always have great articles in it on recent government initiatives and focus stories. Every teacher who was job hunting would require this on a Friday and I found my first job through the TES.
It evolved into the TES online as most newspapers have done so. This change to going on the web has been very beneficial to teachers. For now the TES Online included the Job Section that was in the paper, it includes articles from the paper too. New things online and not in the paper are a bank of resources that are shared if logged in and also a Forum.
**The Jobs Section**
As I said earlier if you want a job in teaching this is the place to look. The TES paper is out on a Friday but you can get a sneak peak Thursday if you go online. The search tool for job hunting is great and offers advanced options to really focus your search whether that be by job role, type of school or location etc. Although I am perfectly happy in my job and secured a nice promotion I still like looking on the TES and the job section in my subject and also area where I live to see what is going on.
The jobs generally have 2 weeks deadlines but it is a case of applying pronto as schools generally short list quickly and perceived quick responders to be more willing. As an aside in teaching we ordinary teachers have to give notice of half a term so say you want to leave at Christmas you would have to put your notice in at October 31st. The final deadline of the year is May 31st if you are wanting to change schools for the September. Often there will be links to the schools website and some jobs will have job specs up while others require you to contact the school. This was an invaluable source as a PGCE student and every week I would be on to see what would come up. PGCE students tend to have to start looking from the January and jobs are generally advertised saying they accept NQTs (cheaper to hire as new teachers-fresh faced and dopey eyed) or Established teachers (who cost more money!) That is a downside of teaching as the longer you stay at a school you rise up through the payscales and become expensive so to move jobs can be expensive for the new school on a tight budget!
Note the jobs section it is not just teaching jobs in secondary schools as it includes primary schools, independent schools, further education colleges and teaching jobs abroad (dreaming of a move to Dubai!). There are also non teaching jobs on here and job links to exam markers etc. Schools do not always use the TES as the advertising can cost a bomb so sometimes they will just use their own website, council website and local papers so you should check those out too.
**The extras - The Forum**
Well dooyooers if you thought some dooyoo people were pedantic about reviews and spellings you want to go over to the TES forums. I have found the forums to be an insightful place especially as an NQT and scrolled through questions and topic threads. I have never left a question or spoken in a topic discussion though. Part of this is because they are so darn picky and pedantic and often will be narky about your full stops and commas instead of the issue. In the main most people are supportive but there are some nasty trolls on there. Also some people are so argumentative and trolling the threads that they then twist the story into actually being about them. There are also people who are obviously working for TV programmes or papers and pretend they are parents or doing studies to try to get a reaction to controversial questions.
Like I said though there are some great benefits to this and most sections have a resident person who will answer specific questions for you. So if you have had a bad day you will often find someone else went through that and see what helpful responses were given or strategies to help solve the issues. What to do with year 9 is always a popular question in the behaviour section. The forums cover lots from subjects to ofsted inspections, behaviour, NQTs, Students, Seocndary, Primary, Personal, Health etc. You can read the forums without logging in but would need to join to contribute to them.
**The extras - The Resources**
This is more of a recent addition and is developing well. You need to register to use and log in and people will often share good practice and resources. This is good if you are looking for something that you are planning. This is free where as you get some churners in the forums who try to link you back to their sites to sell you stuff. I am registered with the site and I look through the resources section as some good practice is shared on here and the documents as easy to download and adaptable to suit your own needs.
**The extras - The Paper section**
I have never really used this section but it holds the most recent articles and archive articles in here which are from the TES paper and magazine. So you can still read the hottest issues in the recent edition in this part of the website. There are also links with the subscription of the paper copy of the paper.
So overall this is a brilliant Jobs website but it is much more than that and an informative site for teachers and well worth a visit at least once a week to find resources, browse resources. I always look at the jobs section every Thursday night excited to see what is going on in my region or subject should I ever wish to move on! (Which I doubt I will at the moment as in schools once you settle it is hard to leave and start all over again in a new school!) Most importantly is the site is free in comparison to buying the paper version and a superb tool for the teaching profession. Save your Quid or so from the buying the paper and splash out on something else!
www.tes.co.uk will get you into the overview of the whole site or you can go straight to the jobs section at www.jobs.tes.co.uk.
If you're not in the teaching profession, you'll be lost at the title, but if you've ever taught, you'll know exactly that frantic Friday feeling as you're looking for your next bit of gameful (well, hopefully) employment.....so here's why you'll find the teaching profession huddled in corners around one website every week..
***the t e what?***
TES stands for Times Educational Supplement, the big educational newspaper, although I was rather disappointed to find out that it does not in fact come as a free supplement with the ordinary newspaper, but will set you back a massive £1.20 for a paper copy. It is a bit like buying the Sunday Times - you need to take a small estate car or pick up truck to carry it all! The main paper has a wide range of educational articles, reviews and special offers.
***very interesting - why do you really buy it?***
Now of course we'd all like to pretend we read it to keep our pedagogical knowledge up to date, but if someone lets slip that they're buying the TES, it's an odds on bet that their heading for a different mug in a different staff room, because it is renowned for its jobs section(s) and is the only place to look. In the paper version, at peak job time, there can be four separate sections advertising thousands of jobs in all sectors of education. Hence the pick up truck.
***eh...any chance you're going to mention the website at all?***
Yes, yes, I'm getting there. Let me tell you a story. One day the nice people at the TES thought that it would be a good idea to put the entire content of the paper on their website every Friday instead of making people go down to the newsagents. And then they made it even better by putting the jobs on there too....
***at last! So, is it any good?***
Yes, it's fantastic. Let me talk you through it. You can access the site straight away without a fee or even registering your details for one thing. And your not bombarded with a load of different adverts - the layout is clear and it's easy to get started with one of two options :
1. Search : A great range of search options are available to narrow down just the job you want (in the paper they're just organised by subject ). Options are-
Type of school
Position or subject
Distance from Postcode
What I especially like is that you can search using as many or as few of these criteria as you like. The results returned are not only quick but also accurate - you get the odd spurious job from a different county from time to time, but it's mostly reliable. They've really thought this site out well, as this is just they way most established teachers, often with family and houses, want to look for their next job - you don't want to wade through London jobs if you live in Inverness!
I also like the way the search results are presented - you get the job title, school name and area rather than the whole advert, so you just click on what sounds good and don't have to wade through pages of text to get there. There's another nice facility - you can shortlist the jobs that you're interested in for your perusal later, and even set up e-mail / text alerts for jobs you might want in the future. This is one bit of the site I've not tried, but I presume it uses the same search technology as the site, which is reliable.
2. Browse - this is the other option which is used a lot by NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers - education is full of abbreviations). Where you browse jobs according to sector and / or subject e.g. nursery, maths if you're not so bothered about location. This is much more like the traditional layout in the paper, but free of course! Useful if you want to look at the non-teaching jobs such as finance and admin staff, as well.
All jobs are added on Friday, although you have to be careful at peak times of the year as they are overwhelmed and have to add them during the day and you have to keep checking to make sure that you haven't missed that dream job! Other than that, it really is a sleek old operation, to be honest.
Well, yes actually. There is some sound advice to be had about tedious but important subjects such as pay and working conditions which is accessed from a neat little menu on the left-hand side. There is much good stuff here, but the link for new teachers is disappointing as it's actually trying to get you to subscribe to a newsletter which you pay for. You'd be much better checking out the excellent discussions in the free online staff room (www.tes.co.uk/staffroom) in my opinion.
The link that must get the most use is the one to Ofsted - yes, I know we all moan and say how rubbish it is but if we want to find out about a school, we just can't resist the lure of the Ofsted report to work out just how likely the kids actually are to riot before we apply!
***the bottom line***
This is the website used by every teacher looking for job and you can't get a much better recommendation than that! There is the odd niggle, but it's easy to use, well laid out, knows what a teacher wants, and it's free, so I'd definitely give it 10/10. If it wasn't free, we'd all happily pay for it - but don't tell them that! I know it's of no interest to non -teachers at all, but I'm excited!
This is an excellent jobsearch facility for teachers of any subject, or anyone who has experience in education (e.g. classroom assistants) and is looking for a job within the education service. This is a well organised and speedy site, and easy to use. Practically all teaching jobs are advertised here. The site is updated weekly, with new jobs going up on a Friday afternoon. You can search by location, by salary, school type and subject, and you can also add in keywords to focus your search. Originally, Scotland was listed as one place, with no subheadings, but this has now been changed thankfully. Someone must have realised that Scotland is a bit bigger than one wee village. There are jobs here for all subjects, for primary, middle, and secondary schools, for independent and grant maintained schools. There is a section for special education, and also non-teaching jobs. There are denominational and non-denominational schools, further education colleges and universities. Even prison education services advertise their jobs in the TES. The site lists the same jobs that are listed in the weekly TES paper. However, it is not so easy to go straight to the jobs which would suit you in the paper, so this website is much easier to navigate to exactly what you are looking for - and it's free! If you are a teacher who fancies something different, there are job opportunities in prisons, as learner co-ordinators. There are area management jobs, and jobs in special needs schools and departments. If you want a job in education, look no further than www.jobs.tes.co.uk A word of warning though - new jobs each week have a "NEW" button beside them. The other jobs are often listed even past their closing date, so take not of the closing date before you go to the trouble of getting an application form! There's also a helpful, interesting and humorous site alongside the jobs, with tips, articles and t
he occasional competition.