Share resources on your terms

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Dear TES Resources members

Over the last few months, hundreds of teachers have been working with us, giving their guidance and feedback on the new generation of the TES website. We are phenomenally grateful for the time and expertise offered by the education profession and we are now able to share with you the first of several significant changes to the website – designed to make it easier and more efficient to use.

TES provides a platform for nearly 7 million teachers around the world to support each other. We know from your feedback that being able to download, change, adapt and share resources is a key part of a teacher’s working life.

We’ve mentioned before that we are planning to change our terms and conditions to give you more ownership and control of your content. You told us that you wanted more choice over how you share resources, and we have listened.

As a result of your feedback, we will be introducing a Creative Commons licensing model that will let you decide how you want your resources to be shared.

Creative Commons licences embody the spirit of education, allowing you to share your content in the way you want and giving you the option to offer others the opportunity to use and build upon a resource that you have created.

There are many Creative Commons licences available, but we have taken the decision to offer teachers the three that best reflect how you share and use resources. Those who wish to continue to share resources for free and give permission to others to share it in the same way can do so using the ShareAlike licence. There will also be the option to share freely, but ask for attribution if shared by others with the Attribution licence. Alternatively, users can share their work, but not give permission for remixed, transformed or extended versions of the resource to be shared, which is known as a No Derivatives licence.

Over the next few weeks, we will be asking for every free resource uploaded to the TES site to be given a Creative Commons licence. Content already uploaded to the website will fall under the terms and conditions that uploaders agreed to when they originally added their resources. However, once users have taken the easy step of applying Creative Commons licences to their resources, they will cover the relevant content from the date of application onwards.

This is just the first of a raft of changes that are planned over the coming months in order to develop the TES website. Improvements in the near future include a new search engine, upload process and resource preview page. Search will be better organised across age ranges and subject areas, and you will be able to see thumbnails and resource ratings directly in results. We have simplified and speeded up the upload process, which will culminate in a preview of your resource to show you how it will appear. Being able to preview the contents of a resource before downloading it has been one of the most requested features from our community.

We think that these changes, and all those we are planning to make, will make the site much better for everyone – but we can only make sure of that if you help us to get it right every step of the way.

Find out more about Creative Commons and Site Updates. If you would like to share any feedback, or if you’d like some guidance on how the changes will affect you and your resources, please get in touch with us by emailing help@tes.co.uk.