Forum user guide and FAQ

Forum guide and FAQ

Help/Forums/Forum guide and FAQ

Welcome to the TES forums where the teaching community comes to let off steam, swap ideas and ask for advice.

You can also visit our Welcome forum where you can get live help from the Community Producer on anything you are not sure about.

First things first

Before you can start a new topic or reply to messages in our forums, you’ll need to firstly register (which is free) and login. Please remember that your username and profile picture (if you upload one) will appear alongside your messages in the forum, so if you want to keep your identity a secret choose an anonymous username when you register.

From the forums homepage, choose your required forum, click 'Start new topic' then type in a subject for your message. The subject line will appear at the top of your message (aka post in forum speak). Then type in your message.

If you have prepared your message using another program such as Word and you need to paste this into the message box, always use the "paste as plain text" icon then click allow (to allow access to your clipboard) and your text will appear in the correct font and format as well as strip out any hidden codes.

Once you’re happy with the message, click on the Preview tab to see how your message will look live on the site. If it all looks OK, click on the Post button to put your message live. It is a good idea to get into the habit of previewing your post but you do have 60 minutes (from the time your post is live) to edit it.

Replying to a post

If you find a conversation that you’re interested in and want to join in the debate hit the Reply link on the message (see image below). A ‘Reply to an Existing Message’ box will open and you simply type your reply in here and click on the Post button.

Contacting other forum users

Click on the picture next to any post made on the forums and this opens up that users; public profile. Depending on how much information the user has made public, you can see details of what subject they teach, where they teach, previous job roles and how long they've been teaching for. You might also be able to see their Friend list, resources they've uploaded and their favourite articles, resources or forum posts. How Profiles work.

How do I save a forum discussion?

You can save forum discussions so that you can return to them later. When you find a discussion that you’d like to return to, click on the Add to hotlist button in the header area near the thread title.

How do I find my own posts?

You can search all threads that you have posted in by opening a forum that you know you posted in, go down to the bottom of the page and click "more options". Select from the topic filter dropdown "Show topics I have participated in" then click "Apply (temporarily)".

If you click "Last post" on one of the threads to look for one of your posts if you made it recently, you should find it. We recommend that you add this to your hotlist by clicking "Add to hotlist" at the top. Once in your hotlist you will be able to find the thread easily and see if anyone else has added to the discussion.

Once you have one of your posts showing on the screen, you can click the number next to the word "posts". This will display all individual posts that you have made anywhere in the forums.

To return to the forum discussion you’ve saved, click on Hotlist in the Profile panel or on the right side when you are in a forum or thread, here you’ll see the latest discussions added to your Forum hotlist. To view the complete hotlist or remove items from it click on the 'Manage your forums hotlist' link (see below).

You can also go directly to the specific Forum from the My Hotlist page by clicking on the link above Remove.

Alternatively you will find anything added to your hotlist on the right hand side once you are in a forum with quick links to remove threads from your hotlist too.

While in a thread you can get to any forum at any time by clicking on it on the left hand side as well.

How do I find out more about other contributors to the forum?

Click on the picture above any post made on the forums and this opens up that user's public profile. Depending on how much information the user has made public, you can see details of what subject they teach, where they teach, previous job roles and how long they’ve been teaching for. You might also be able to see their Friends list, resources they’ve uploaded and their favourite articles, resources or forum posts. How Profiles work.

Get the latest discussions as web feeds

A feed, also known as an RSS feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It’s often used for news and blog websites but you can also set up forum discussions as feeds. You can add a whole subject area as a web feed (for example all the discussions on the maths forum) or you can add specific thread/discussions as feeds.

To set up a feed just click on the orange square RSS icon next to the name of the thread (see below).

You can rate discussions

If you think a specific discussion is particularly useful, or interesting, you can rate the thread so it appears in our Hot Topics list. You’ll see the stars underneath the name of the thread, just click on the appropriate number of stars.

You can add smileys to your messages

Simply click on the smiley icon in the message toolbar and pick the smiley to match your mood.

Can I delete or edit a post / thread once it has been published in the TES forums?

You get 60 minutes to edit your post from the time your post is live but thereafter it's not possible to edit a post. We have a preview facility on the forums so you can check your message before you make it live too. If you want a thread or post deleted or edited please send us a link to internet_editor@tes.co.uk together with a brief explanation to why you want the message removed.

If I delete my TES registration, will it automatically delete all messages and resources published by me on the TES?

No, deleting your TES registration will not automatically delete messages or resources published by you. You may prefer to simply change your username. We also cannot delete all messages by a user however if there are specific posts that worry you, please email us at internet_editor@tes.co.uk with links to those posts and we will do our best to remove these.

Can I post messages anonymously?

No, it’s not possible to post anonymously, but you can use a username to protect your identity.

I cannot see the formatting options using Safari, Opera, Chrome browsers.

Special formatting is not supported within the Safari (Mac), Opera or Google Chrome browsers.

Creating paragraph spaces manually

To create new paragraphs in Safari, Opera or Google Chrome, type at the start of your line of text and end it with .

Contact the moderators

If you’re worried about the content of any messages you see on the forum please report them to the moderator. At the top of each message you’ll see a Report abuse link which you should click on to send your complaint. In order for us to deal with your query efficiently please let us know exactly why you’re worried about a specific post and include:-

  • A link to the thread(s) (copy and paste from the address bar in your browser)
  • The post number(s) if not reporting the whole thread
  • Username(s) of all relevant users who posted the specific thread/post(s)
  • Your contact email address

See also our Moderation Policy