How to get the most from a search

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Search tips

Using the global search box

At the top right of all screens you’ll see a search box with drop-downs for Jobs and The TES (see the image below). If you’re searching for an article, resource, review or forum posting then you type in your search term and then select The TES from the drop-down box. If you’re searching for a job, simply type in your search term and hit the Search button.

How to refine your search

Once you’ve carried out a general search you can then refine your search. For example, if you’ve searched for phonics from the global search box and selected the My TES option from the drop down then you’ll get thousands of matching results.

You can further narrow down your search by using the Select drop-down on the search results page. Here are the choices:
Resources - this will pull up resources and reviews
Staffroom - this will pull up only forum posts
Publications - this will pull up articles from The TES, FE Focus, TES Scotland, TES Cymru and the TES Magazinegoing back to 1994
People - this allows you to search for people who have set up profiles on TES Connect

Refining your resources search

We’ve carried out a search for phonics and then used the Select box to choose Resources (see below). You can see five tabs have appeared – Subject, Key Stage, Whole school, Resource Type and File Type. Here’s how each tab works:

Subject – this allows you to narrow your search by subject. For example select English and you’ll see all the phonics resources within the subject of English. The default order of results is by relevance, however you can change that to Highest rated or Date added.

Key Stage – you can then refine your results by Key Stage.

Whole school – the whole school tab allows you to refine your search by various whole school categories such as assessment and planning.

Resource type – filter by resource type to narrow your search down to resources for a specific type of learning (eg lesson plans, revision aids, puzzles etc)

File type – this option allows you to restrict your search by specific file formats (eg PDFs, Word documents and Promethean files).

Refining your article search

Our starting point is a search for phonics which we’ve then refined to pull up only articles by selecting Publications from the Select box. You can see from the image below that you can refine your search by Publication. For example you can pull up all phonics resources that have appeared in the TES magazine.

You can further refine your search by year and then by month, if you want to drill down to find an article that appeared in The TES in August 1999 for example:

Our online article archive goes back to 1994.

Refining your forum search

We’ve carried out a search for phonics and then refined that search by choosing Staffroom from the Select dropdown list. This search pulls up all the forum posts that have been made that mention phonics.

You can further refine this search by selecting specific forum areas. So in this example you could choose to view all the phonics posts that have appeared in the Behaviour forum.

Refining your job search

From the global search box top right we’ve searched for Mathematics jobs. This pulls up all jobs involving maths, however we can further refine this search by the following criteria.

Position – click on the Position tab to refine your search further by role. For example, this allows you to pull out all of the classroom teacher mathematics positions available.

Workplaces – this option allows you to narrow down your search to specific types of schools or colleges. For example you could search for secondary schools only or for only those schools in the independent sector.

Contract types – this tab allows you to choose between permanent or temporary roles.

Refining your job search geographically

As well as our tabbed searching options you can also refine your search geographically down to local authority level using the map on the right of the Job search results page (see the image below).

If you’re interested in a maths job in the East Sussex area you’d first click on the South East section of our map. The map will drill down into the South East area, from there you can further drill down and select the Rest of South East (see image below) and from there select East Sussex.

Refining your job search by postcode

If you don’t want to use the map, perhaps you want to search across multiple local authority areas, you can use the postcode search option. Click on the 'Your Postcode' link shown below, type in the postcode and then select the distance from your postcode that you want to search.

Unrefining your search

If you carry out a search for maths resources in Word format for KS1 you’ll see the screen below. You’ll notice above the keyword box a message which tells you you’ve got 434 matches for your search and that the results have been filtered by mathematics, Key stage 1 and Microsoft Word.doc. You’ll notice that next to each of these search terms there’s a red cross. If you decide you don’t just want Word documents you can click on the red cross next to Microsoft Word.doc to broaden out your search to all file types.

If you then decide you don’t want to search for maths KS1 resources at all you can click on the ‘Clear all filters X’ option. This method of unrefining searches works across the site.

People search

People search is a powerful way to track down other teachers in your subject area, in your geographic area and even colleagues you used to work with. You can use the People search to dig around all the information that our users have made publicly available in their profiles.

Here's how to go about finding members of TES Connect that you might have worked with before. From the global search box, top right, type in the name of the school and select 'The TES' from the dropdown list. Then from the search results page choose 'People' from the drop-down 'Select' list. This should pull in all the members of TES Connect who have added that school name to their profile and who have made that information public.

How to improve the accuracy of your search

Use quotation marks - You can search for specific phrases by putting quotation marks around your search terms. For example you might want to pick up all references to Human Biology but you don’t want to confuse that search with all the references to biology and human so you would type in “Human biology” as your search term.

Use and – If you have more than one search term you want to use, for example you might want to search for all articles that mention the word phonics and DCSF so your search term would be phonics and DCSF.