TESS launches as full-colour magazine

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TSL Education today announced that it is to relaunch its market-leading and award-winning Scottish publication Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS) as a full-colour magazine.

The first issue of the new-look TESS goes on sale tomorrow (Friday). It includes an in-depth jobs investigation - where teachers are likeliest to find vacancies, where the subject shortages are and where good retirement deals can be found. There is also a contribution from former First Minister Jack McConnell who attacks "the lack of priority for education" from the SNP Government. To provide political balance, and in a lighter vein, First Minister Alex Salmond opens a new regular series on 'My Best Teacher', revealing that he was strapped five times which was "richly deserved".

TESS, which has been serving the education community in Scotland for almost half a century, moves from its traditional newspaper format to a 48-page full-colour Scottish news magazine. It will provide the same high-quality coverage of education in Scotland that it has done for the last 46 years but with an enhanced focus on providing teachers with a publication tailored to their professional needs. The new full-colour product includes:

• More in-depth news coverage, features and opinion, covering Scottish education from early years, schools and colleges to higher education and lifelong learning

• A dedicated Scottish education jobs section with more vacancies to browse than any other publication

• Careers advice and professional development tools, including best practice teaching resources for the Scottish classroom

Announcing the launch of the new publication, the new TESS editor, Gillian Macdonald, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the new TESS and am excited about the radical changes we have introduced to ensure the publication continues to serve the needs of the Scottish teaching workforce. The new magazine has been developed in partnership with teachers to ensure that TESS remains the journal for busy teaching professionals in Scotland.”

If you would like any further information about this press release, please contact Neil Munro, managing editor, on 0131 624 8331 or neil.munro@tes.co.uk