Community FAQs

Become part of the world’s biggest teaching community by posting on the forums. You can get together with teachers from around the globe who can offer you classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun. Browse the topics on the Tes Community homepage and find out how easy it is to become a forum member.


How do I find my favourite forums?

The Tes Community is made up of seven main forums which cover the following topics: Staffroom; Workplace; Role; Subjects; Whole school; Home time; and Scotland and Wales. Within the main forums sit the sub-forums which contain threads about the main topics. Whatever question you have - whether it’s about a workplace dilemma; a query about the subject you teach; what it’s like to work in your sector; or how easy it is to start flexible working - there is a forum to cover your needs.

How do I start a new topic?

It’s easy to start a new topic on the forums, you need to select the relevant parent/main forum covering the topic you want to discuss and then you can create a new thread in the appropriate forum. For example, if you have a question about GCSE English, you will need to click on the blue ‘Jump to...’ button (on the right-hand side of the forum list) to open the Quick navigation menu pop-up box. On the right-hand side of this box you should see the forum list. You need to scroll down to the Subjects main forum area and click on the linked English forum to open up the landing page.
To create a new thread, you need to click on the blue ‘Post New Thread’ button and then follow the instructions in the how to guide.

How do I reply to a post?

If you see a conversation you want to get involved in it is quick and easy to reply to a post. There are two ways to reply. At the bottom right-hand side of each post in a thread you should see a "reply" link button:

Reply button

When you click on this button, the text of the comment that you are responding to will appear in the comment box at the bottom of the thread. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the box to add your own message.  

Comment box

When you have finished typing your message, you need to click on the blue "Post Reply" button.

Post reply

The published comment should look similar to the example below:

Published comment

You can also type your message directly into the comment box at the bottom of the thread that you wish to respond to. When you have finished, click the "Post Reply" button.

Post reply

The published comment should look similar to the example below:

Published comment

How do I find my own posts?

You can keep track of the discussions you have participated in by watching threads. At the top of each thread on the right-hand side you will see a clickable link tab called "Watch Thread", which is highlighted in blue.  Click on this link; a pop-up box should appear with the name of the thread as well as two options for you to view the discussion. The first option allows you to receive email notifications every time a new post is submitted and the second option allows you to watch the thread without receiving email notifications. 

Watch thread

Watch thread

There is also a tab at the top right-hand corner of the screen, below the top navigation bar, called "Watched Threads". Here you will find a list of the 20 most recently updated threads with unread replies that you are watching.

Watched threads top right

Watched thread link

You can see all your activity on the forums by visiting your public profile page. You need to scroll to the bottom of your personal profile where you should see a blue button marked "View your activity" under the Community section.

View your activity


How do I contact other users?

You can send messages to other members of the Tes Community by using the private conversation function. You can either go to the drop-down menu by clicking on your username on the far right-hand side of the top navigation bar and then clicking on the "Conversations" link, or you can click on the avatar of the forum member you wish to contact. A preview profile pop-up box will appear with the option to "Start a conversation".
More information about starting a conversation can be found here

How can I contact a Community member about a specific question I have asked on the forums?

You can alert a member to a comment, question or response you have made in a thread by using the tagging alert system. You will need to tag the forum member in the comment. All you have to do is use the @ sign followed by the username, for example: @Tes_Community. A pop-up box will appear with the username or similar ones as you are typing out the username. If the correct username appears, you can select the one you need and the rest of the name will automatically appear in the comment box. When you submit the post, an alert will be sent to the person you have tagged. The alert will appear in the drop-down menu under your name on the right-hand side of the top navigation bar.


The tag will appear in the comment box when the post is published, similar to the example below:

Published tag

Does the Tes Community have any guidelines on posting comments?

Yes. Please see our house rules.

Is there a "how to" guide for the Tes Community?

Yes, you can find out more information about how to post and the other functions available in the forums by reading the how to guide.

I'm worried about my anonymity on the forums. What can I do to protect my identity?

If you are posting about sensitive issues such as bullying, stress or disciplinary matters on the forums then it is advisable to protect your identity. There are precautions you can take to preserve your anonymity. Please do not post under your real name and do not include too many details that could make you or your place of work easily identifiable. Make sure that posts are set to appear under your Tes username rather than your real name. To make sure that you have selected to display your username on the Tes Community site, you can check your Tes user profile or you can submit a test post on the forums to see what name is published. You can report the test post so that it is removed from the forums by the Moderation Team. A report button appears at the bottom of each post. If you wish to change your username, then you can send an email request to including your current name and the new one you would like to use on the forums.

Is it possible to change my username?

Yes, send an email request to from the email address registered on our site, quoting your preferred new username. Please remember that symbols or spaces are not allowed in a username.