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Tes authors: meet the rising stars of 2019

Jake Andrew aka PrimaryMrAndrew, Daniella O’Brien aka The Primary Hut and maths specialist Omega all started sharing their teaching resources in 2018 and they’ve already been downloaded 1,000s of times.
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Jake Andrew aka PrimaryMrAndrew, Daniella O’Brien aka The Primary Hut and maths specialist Omega all started sharing their teaching resources in 2018 and they’ve already been downloaded 1,000s of times.

 

Jake Andrew aka PrimaryMrAndrew, Daniella O’Brien aka The Primary Hut and maths specialist Omega all started sharing their teaching resources in 2018 and they’ve already been downloaded 1,000s of times.


Here they talk about why they began sharing their valuable resources on Tes and what their highlights have been so far. They also provide some top tips for budding authors, so if you’re thinking about uploading your own materials – read on!

Rising stars of 2019

 

Jake Andrew – PrimaryMrAndrew

Tell us a bit about your teaching background?

I’m in my sixth year of teaching primary. I taught abroad for two years in the UAE but returned in September to a school in the Bath area.

Why did you decide to start sharing your resources on Tes?

I’ve used countless resources from Tes which have saved me a lot of time and inspired me in many scenarios. A natural trait of teachers is wanting to help and so by uploading a few resources I hope I’ve saved some fellow teachers time – as they’ve done for me!

Can you tell us a highlight of being an author so far?

Seeing that over 2,000 people had downloaded my Daily Practice maths activity was a particular highlight, along with the many five-star reviews which commented on how useful they had found them and how much their children had improved by using them.

What tips would you give to new authors?

If you think you’ve made something useful...upload it! There will be someone out there who is scrambling around in the morning and needs something exactly like you’ve made. Even if you help just one person it’s worth it! 

Ready to join Jake? Find out more about being an author or share your resources in minutes.

 

 

Daniella O’Brien – The Primary Hut

Tell us a bit about your teaching background?

I’m currently in my fourth year of teaching in Kent and what a busy four years it’s been! In my NQT year I was in year 3 and I’ve been in Year 2 for the past three years. This year I’m also completing my NASENCO training as I’m hugely passionate about children with special educational needs and supporting their learning in the best way possible. I’ll be adding more and more resources to my shop on Tes ranging from SENCO resources to more busy books for every year group.

Why did you decide to start sharing your resources on Tes?

I decided to start sharing my resources as I’m really passionate about making resources fun and engaging for children as well as saving teachers a HUGE amount of time!

Can you tell us a highlight of being an author so far?

My highlight of being an author so far is knowing that I've reached thousands of people with my sales. I enjoy reading reviews about my resources and being able to improve them to support teachers and their class. I’m so passionate about making resources that support children and save teachers time that I’m always getting requests for new resources – so keep your eyes peeled!

What tips would you give to new authors?

If you’re thinking about becoming an author I would definitely do it! Not all the resources you make will be perfect the first time, so it's really useful to hear feedback from others as they may see things that could be added or changed to make the resources even better for everyone.

Ready to join Daniella? Find out more about being an author or share your resources in minutes.

 

 

Omega

Tell us a bit about your teaching background?

I’ve taught in schools and sixth form colleges for 18 years. I specialise in A Level maths, further maths and Oxbridge preparation. I’m now developing my own business based on tutoring and writing resources.

Why did you decide to start sharing your resources on Tes?

New specifications were introduced for maths and further maths recently. This presented a huge planning burden for teachers. I decided to produce a series of booklets that could be issued to students to support the teaching of these specifications. These booklets have proved to be extremely popular as they remove the need for teachers to come up with their own examples and they provide students with a complete set of notes for the course.

Can you tell us a highlight of being an author so far?

My first sale was obviously a great moment. Even better was when I started getting requests from buyers for booklets for other units – this has certainly kept me busy.

What tips would you give to new authors?

Try to find your niche. Get in first when new specifications come out so that your resources are the only ones available. Focus on quality rather than quantity. If buyers really value what you’re producing they’ll be prepared to pay more for it and you’ll get repeat business.

Ready to join Omega? Find out more about being an author or share your resources in minutes.