Tes acts as a teaching partner for schools offering a variety of services. Everything you need to support your teaching career is all in one place, whether you’re looking for a new job in education or to hire your next staff member. But teacher shortages in the UK have given rise to a call for innovation throughout the sector.
Not only do we need to train more teachers, but teachers within the profession need to be retained and those that have left need to be tempted back in. Former Education Secretary Lord Jim Knight led Tes in their efforts to help solve the ongoing crisis through lifelong learning. This work started with the founding of Tes courses in 2014.
The initial Tes courses team searched the entire education technology marketplace for a tool that embodied the pedagogy Tes believes in. Having nearly given up and resolving to build a tool for themselves, HT2 Labs (now part of Learning Pool) was recommended as a potential source of inspiration. A few months later, Tes courses launched with Headstream (formerly Curatr) as its underpinning technology, enabling a new brand of social, gamified online learning to take place.
It turned out to be the exact tool that Lord Knight and his team had been searching for. A tool that put social learning at the heart of the experience, promoting engagement with content and with peers. And all put together in an interface that was seamless, mobile-ready and globally available.
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The Tes courses team set to work building innovative courses within the Headstream platform. Teachers would be able to see the latest course offerings through the Tes website and sign up for courses using either an e-commerce mechanism or using a pre-paid voucher code from their school or academy. This was all facilitated by Headstream.
Tes courses gained two major wins in early 2016. First, the latest addition to the course catalogue, Growth Mindset, went viral. Thousands of teachers took up the opportunity to learn and network with one another through Headstream. This was followed up with a win at the prestigious BETT awards for web-based ICT tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment Tools for Schools; a win borne out of the work delivered via Headstream.
In the autumn of 2015 Tes Institute expanded to include other forms of teacher training, including subject knowledge enhancement courses, School Direct PGCE, and a straight to a teaching program. The existing partnership with HT2 Labs bred a level of trust that brought Tes Institute to become a launch client for Red Panda, helping to co-develop an expanded platform that took in the requirements of delivering accredited online qualifications, with HT2 Labs.
“A great deal of thought has been put into the content and technology behind and they are proving very popular with teachers, including our most recent course on growth mindset. This win underlines TES Institute’s position as a real innovator in all areas of teacher training.” Rob Grimshaw, CEO, Tes
“A great deal of thought has been put into the content and technology behind and they are proving very popular with teachers, including our most recent course on growth mindset. This win underlines TES Institute’s position as a real innovator in all areas of teacher training.”
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