Craig Smith publishes free and premium resources on TES as The Primary Teacher Resource Centre. Read on to find out how he makes his resources, including his popular Sats packs, stand out from the crowd.
Tell us about your professional background.
I have been teaching for 14 years and am a deputy headteacher at a junior school in Surrey. I am currently completing my NPQH and will be looking to apply for headships in the next couple of years.
Sport is one of my passions and I thoroughly enjoy running the school football and athletics team.
Where do you start when making resources?
I make an effort to create resources which are relevant to education today and have enjoyed putting together materials that are linked to the new national curriculum and end of key stage 2 requirements.
When I think about a specific resource, I ask myself whether I would display it in my classroom and if it would make a difference to lesson delivery. It has to be something teachers need or will find useful.
As an author of primary resources, what are some of the challenges you face?
One of the hardest challenges is managing the balancing act between making resources, being a deputy headteacher, and most importantly, being a parent to my three-year-old daughter.
Keeping up with the changing educational climate makes this even more challenging. Many of the resources I made two or three years ago do not sell now as we teach a completely different curriculum.
How do you make your resources stand out?
By making time-saving and relevant resources. I want teachers to see my resource and think that it would be enjoyable or beneficial for their class.
I try to make my resources simple and easily accessible. Teachers are too busy to spend time working out how to use a complicated resource!
What advice would you give any teachers out there who are considering selling their resources?
Make your resources look good and ask yourself if it's something that you would find useful in the classroom.
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