Mike Jackson and David Horner are the brains behind Goodeyedeers and publish primary resources with a focus on poetry and Spag. Read on to see how their partnership works and why they sell resources.
David, tell us about your professional background.
I am now retired, but started out teaching secondary English, before going on to do literacy work for the LEA. Then, for 20 years, I was a freelance writer and children's poet, delivering poetry workshops to schools across the country and abroad.
And Mike, are you also a teacher by profession?
Like David, I am now retired. I worked as a teacher with experience across both KS1 and KS2. For the last 25 years of my career, I was a primary headteacher.
What are the benefits of collaboration on resources?
It is much more fun than working alone! Having to share and justify our ideas ensures we're always stretching and developing our thought processes.
The breadth and depth of our combined knowledge and expertise means we bring complementary skills to the job. It also allows us to meet up for coffee on a regular basis and tell our wives it's work...
Because we are not creating resources to make ourselves a fortune, we decided at the outset to give any profits we make to a local children’s charity, MedEquip4Kids.
What is the importance of poetry in today's curriculum?
It's as important as it's always been. It's language at its most playful and also its most instructive. Poetry teaches reading and writing in all its variety.
In terms of curriculum changes, we saw the latest demands placed on the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar as a creative opportunity to make more resources.
Describe the challenges you face as resources authors
There's a lot already out there. There are two constant basic questions we ask ourselves are: Does it look good? Does it work?
What advice would you give to teachers who are considering publishing their resources on TES?
Don't over-complicate things. Keep resources clear. See each resource through both a teacher's and child's eyes.
Road-test everything before submitting to TES. Don't have wild expectations of financial returns. Never forget that in making a resource, you are learning too.