Top tips for creating quality resources

Nicola Davison
21st December 2017
Author, quality, tip, advice, guidance, recommend, feature, resource

Expert advice to make sure your resources stand out from the crowd

When it comes to resources, quality is king! And with that in mind, we thought it might be a good idea to share some of the factors that signify quality to us, as well as to explain how we showcase them.

What does a quality resource look like?

Ask yourself, is your resource…

  • original?
    Are the words and images you have used entirely your own? If not, you must seek permission from the original owner before publishing them on

    • Tip: Wondering how to source copyright-free images? Find out more in this blog post.

  • complete?
    Does the description match the contents? Does it download correctly? Does it include everything teachers need to run the lesson or activity (eg, plan, presentation, worksheets)? If being sold, does it represent value for money?

  • well-structured?
    Is it easy for both teachers and pupils to access? Does it allow for progression, differentiation or extension?

  • well-presented?
    Is it ready to use? Will it engage pupils? Is it obvious how it will work in the classroom? How positive are the reviews on the page?

  • free from errors?
    Are there any obvious factual, grammatical or spelling mistakes within the resource? Is it formatted properly?

  • one or more of these things: creative, topical, differentiated or easily adaptable?
    Is it unique? Does it do something different to similar resources on the site?

    • Tip: Why not use our primary and secondary insights sheets to help you work out what’s popular in the coming months?

Additionally, is it fully optimised for search on the site? Have you...

  • written a thorough description and title?
    Are they correctly spelled? Do they make explicit reference to relevant curriculum links, exam boards and specifications?

    • Tip: Thoughtful descriptions naturally contain keywords that do well in search.

  • added a cover image?
    Does the image you've chosen effectively showcase your resource?

    • Tip: Why not show off what's included by using a photo of your resource in the classroom?

  • tagged your resource to the correct subject and topic?
    Do the tags accurately portray the subject to which the resource is best suited?

  • tagged the relevant age range?
    Do the tags realistically reflect the ages of the students that can access it?

How do we showcase quality resources?

There are many large, specially curated spaces through which high-quality resources are given a chance to shine. Examples of these can be found on our ever-growing topical and themed page. Any resource included in one of these spaces contains a block under the preview image, which explains as much.

Tip: Increasingly, we are involving authors in the creation of these spaces by asking for resources to fill specific gaps. Watch your emails for upcoming notifications!

Additionally, the content team collate smaller collections in the form of blog posts. These posts are written according to typical themes and topics that occur during the academic year. Resources that feature in blog posts are awarded the 'Tes tick', as a signifier of their quality.

Tip: To get a sense of the sorts of things covered, why not take a look at the resources blog?

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to review individual resources on request at the moment. However, please be asured that we are continuing to look at different ways to incorporate and highlight quality resources on the site.


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