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The Inconsistency of @TESResources by @TeacherToolkit

How can we ensure paid-for-resources, designed by teachers, does not become a headache for all involved?


It seems to be an annual summer event for me to blog about TES Resources. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will be aware that I’ve not been happy with TES Resources for the past 2 years and I refuse to let this story go until there is a little justice in the world.

What’s Happened Now?

What’s happened now, you ask? Well, if you are a regular reader, skip down the blog until the ‘Then…’ section. If not, catch up below.

The full back-story is here which I won’t repeat, but this snapshot below is important reading;

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Last Month:

There was much more tumbleweed until I received this reply from @JByers, Director, Resources at TES;

” … I’m afraid the heart of the matter is this: ideas cannot be copyrighted … you don’t copyright the idea itself, you copyright the expression of an idea. When we get a report of a resource — free or paid — that violates someone’s copyright, we take it down immediately. In this case teachers have published resources that do use your great idea, but unfortunately your idea is not something that copyright can protect on TES or anywhere else.”

Then …

Then, there was more tumble-weed until this tweet appeared on my time-line via @MissBsResources. The tweet essentially exposes resources that have been plagiarised by others, and then sold on for profit. The resource has since been removed; the link is here.

TES ResourcesYou can read the TES reply below;

TES ResourcesWhy am I so Grumpy?

Well firstly, the TES have respected the request of the teacher above (Danielle Bartram who also shares excellent resources – designed in her own time – and shared on her own website) and removed the resource designed by @Maths_Master; something they have yet to do for me, despite asking privately! I blog it here for attention and exposure of the inconsistencies. A large company such as the TES, should not allow this to happen. Here is the link again and the screen-shot below of the removed resource;

TES ResourcesInfringement:

Here is a link to resources being used that are an infringement of my idea / an idea under copyright in this book which features my TakeAwayHmk idea – published in September 2013. It is also published on this blog.

#TakeAwayHmk - Idea 56


Does this issue breach my own copyright licence? Particularly Take Away Homework which is copyright material of Bloomsbury Books. Could a legal battle ensue between these two giants with little-old me in the middle? Read Copyright dos and donts for teachers in school. It’s vital reading!

Creative Commons LicenceI’m Off!

As for me, if will not share resources on the TES website – especially without my consent – If they will be downgraded, manipulated or used for profit and my intellectual property is not protected. At the meeting I last had at TES HQ in September 2013, Moral Rights could never be protected, but Intellectual Property was agreed when I met with Jim Knight and Ann Mroz.

It seems this is not the case.


I wonder how Teachers Pay Teachers do it in the USA? More to follow, I’m sure …


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Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit in 2010, a Twitter account which soon evolved into and rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK'. He is an award winning teacher and experienced school leader who curates one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK'; Onalytica ranks McGill's blog as one of the 'Top-50 Ed-Tech Brands on Education' across the world! In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in the Britain' by The Sunday Times and one of the most influential in the field of education. He is a former Teaching Award nominee for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London' and has also written 3 books on teaching.


2 thoughts on “The Inconsistency of @TESResources by @TeacherToolkit

  1. Very interesting reading. Little old teachers stuck in the middle trying to do our best. Thank you for standing up for the little guys and girls

    Posted by @MrMcLoughlin_PE | July 27, 2015, 2:11 PM


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