Must-have author insights for the summer months

Heather Imrie
20th April 2016
summer author insights TES

Find insights and inspiration for resources to publish on TES this summer

As the academic year draws to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to getting on top of planning for next year.

In addition to taking a well-deserved break, teachers on TES still download over 60 million resources in the summer months!

To help you make the most of this rush of activity on the site, we’ve created a sellers’ overview of hot topics, key dates and popular search terms, based on site data and statistics, to make your resource planning as easy and informed as possible.

What is it?

We’ve got an at-a-glance A3 poster that gives a summer term overview for primary, plus monthly highlights for May, June, July and August.

There’s also a handy A4 guide that summarises the key information from the posters, plus we have planning hints for secondary Englishmaths and science.

What's in it?

Top searches

This is what teachers are searching for when they are looking for resources on – these are great key words to include in your resource titles and descriptions.

Hot topics

Popular topics that have the most downloads by teachers – these are the areas we expect to be bestselling given the previous trends.

Literacy, numeracy and science searches

As with the top searches, these are the most common areas of literacy, maths and science that teachers regularly seek resources for – they're staple topics that are consistently popular and it's worth having these covered in your resources library on TES.

Calendar events

Key dates and festivals that fall in the summer term – some of our best performing resources have been related to seasonal events and occasions. Consider whether you want to do a resource specific to this year's event (e.g. a Euro 2016 maths task) or one that can be used year after year (e.g. a Bastille Day reading comprehension), both are valuable!

Back-to-school highlights

Though the summer holidays can be the quietest time of year, the pace picks up as the new school term draws closer. We see a growing trend of teachers searching for materials to get the academic year off to the best start. We've highlighted the most popular topics in the most downloaded subjects, plus sought-after resource types, to give you plenty of ideas for seasonal teaching content to publish on TES.

Spring bestsellers

Authors are always contacting us to ask what's popular on the site, so we've added a section that tells you what the top five bestsellers were last term.

Top five resource types

Does what it says on the tin! This section should give you a better idea of the most common kinds of resources that teachers are looking for in primary or your secondary subject.

Why is it useful?

We trialled these posters and planning hints documents in the autumn and spring term after requests from authors last summer. The feedback has been really positive! We're still improving, reviewing and refining the format and content of these insights, so do let us know if there's anything else that would be useful to help to inspire you when you're thinking about creating resources, or give you a little more direction when you're thinking about what to publish on TES.

Quick links


Want more tips, advice and insights? Contact us at with any questions or queries.


Contact us

Visit our forums

Latest education news

New to TES Resources ? Find out more about becoming an author on TES, or dive straight in and start downloading.