Publishing resources for new exam syllabuses

Heather Charles
16th September 2016
Publishing resources for new exam syllabuses; GCSE, A-level specifications

Recommendations and advice for publishing resources that meet new specifications

Chances are, if you work in secondary, you've already been affected by specification changes at GCSE and A-level. There's been a great deal of interest on TES in resources aligned to recently launched syllabuses, as teachers start new courses with their classes and, in some cases, prepare for new exams this year.

Despite a growing workload, we know that lots of you will be spending a huge amount of time and effort creating brand new resources for your students. If you're interested in lending your expertise to other teachers around the country, we can help.

Whether you'd like to share your materials for free, or earn something back, here are five tips to consider when publishing resources for the latest specifications on TES:

Tips for publishing new spec resources

  1. Understand the changes - It might be stating the obvious, but it's important to be aware of what's changed and when new syllabuses and exams come into play. This document from Ofqual and the DfE outlines the timelines for changes by subject at GCSE, AS and A-level. It's also worth checking with your exam board for specifics relating to the course you teach.
  2. Everything is in demand - Don't be distracted by shiny, new topics. From downloads and purchases of resources so far, it seems that teachers are just as interested in areas carried over from old specs, as they are keen to master newly-debuted subject points. In short, there's obviously demand for recently added topics, but the core areas that rarely change are still sought after too.
  3. Be relevant and clear - Use your title and description to make it clear to teachers that your resource is up-to-date and relevant. It's worth mentioning the qualification and exam board that your materials relate to, but it's also really important to mention topic and subject keywords in your description, as this is what teachers will be searching for.
  4. Get creative - Read and refer to exam board materials (e.g. syllabus documents, sample exam papers) for guidance and support, but don't directly scan or include them in your published resources without permission. Try creating your own practice exam questions or writing a course overview tailored to your teaching, which will probably be more relevant to your students anyway.
  5. Bundle your schemes of work - If you're thinking about selling some of your resources, the bundle tool is ideal for new specification packs. Publish your resources as individual lessons, then with just a few clicks you can use the tool to create a bundled scheme of work. This is a great approach because some teachers will search for a particular lesson to tackle a specific concept, whereas other users look for a complete package of resources to support their medium term planning.

More information

That should be enough to get you started, but if you have questions or queries about publishing resources on TES, contact our friendly author team, who will be happy to help.


For inspiration, we have an English blog post and a series of maths blog posts that highlight resources suitable for teaching to new specifications.

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