Get paid for putting your lessons online

14th September 2001 at 01:00
YOU may think your lesson plans deserve a gold star - now there's a chance to put them to the test.

A website launched this month will offer teachers the chance to mark each other's paperwork - and to buy it.

John Mobbs and Ian Perkins, who are the founders of Classroomsupport.com, hope to persuade teachers to pay for teaching materials created and rated by their peers. And in an effort to find good material, they are offering to pay teachers for their work.

Mr Mobbs, of Harpenden, Herts, said: "We wanted to do something to help teachers deal with the pressures and stress of overwork. The web has a lot of material on topics but teachers still have to fit it in with their lessons for a particular group of children.

"We will have whole schemes of material with handouts, ready to use, so you're not starting out with a blank sheet."

Technical skills are not needed. Material can be sent as Word documents and will be given graphics to make it more web-friendly.

Mr Mobbs said: "We're going to invite feedback from teachers who have seen or used the materials."

But the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers warned that teachers may not own the copyright of work done as part of their employment. It recommended that teachers check their legal position carefully before selling paperwork, saying the copyright may belong to their employers.

Mr Mobbs said: "We ask contributors to identify any material which isn't their own copyright and the source. We will then get in touch with the owner of the copyright for permission to use it."

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