Unmissable author insights for the autumn term

Heather Imrie
11th September 2015
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One million reasons to sell on TES

The autumn term is one of the busiest in terms of school life, but it’s also a time when our site is always buzzing with activity!

More than one million teachers search for and download materials from TES Resources during this four month period.

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 an autumn term overview for primary, plus monthly highlights for September, October, November and December.

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

What’s in it?

Top searches

Key word searches for resources on the tes.com, it’s what teachers are looking for on the site – these are great key words to include in your resource titles and descriptions.

Hot topics

Popular topics that have the most downloads, it’s what teachers are downloading – these are the areas we expect to be bestselling given the previous trends.

Autumn 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 autumn 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 Rugby World Cup 2015 reading comprehension) or one that can be used year after year (e.g. Halloween maths), both are valuable!

Christmas highlights

Christmas-related searches and downloads account for the majority of activity from November onwards, so we’ve dedicated a whole section to highlighting the most popular topics in the most downloaded subjects, plus sought-after resource types and common texts that teachers are looking for – it's a good idea to get your seasonal resources on the site early, we're already seeing Christmas downloads in September!

Why is it useful?

We've been speaking to lots of authors over the summer and one of the resounding bits of feedback has been that you wanted an insight into what's popular. The hints, tips and pointers in these documents might 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.

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