Looking back to look forward
Join us on a journey through time: a journey that will chart the evolution of the education sector and the role that we've played reporting on these changes for 111 years.
Our 111 years of history
The first edition of Tes began with a top-level view of the English education system at that point in time – noting that by then it was, “educationally, one of the most interesting countries in the world”. However, in 1910 the school leaving age was just 12 and would remain so for another eight years until the Education Act of 1918 raised it to 14.
The outbreak of the Second World War saw the headline ‘The Great Exodus’ across the September 9, 1939 edition of Tes as the paper reported on the amazing efforts of teachers to help with the evacuation of children to the countryside. “Teaching under unusual conditions and without appropriate equipment is bound to cause additional fatigue,” the paper added.
1956 saw the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award introduced with the 7 September, 1956 issue of Tes reporting on an expedition by four boys on an 18 mile cross-country hike in Wales. The Award has held a key place in education ever since – with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh writing for Tes in 2004 that it, “help[s] young people to gain experience of the most rewarding opportunities open to adults in their non-working lives”.
Strikes swept the nation in 1978 and into 1979 and led to the period of history dubbed the Winter of Discontent. This led to school closures in January 1979 when caretakers, lunch staff and traffic control workers went on strikes, making it unfeasible to open schools. Even Tes itself was affected with some issues not sent to print due to the unrest.
The future of Tes magazine
Jon Severs, editor of Tes, explains the next chapter in our evolution – our new digital magazine, and how it will help us to continue to fulfil the aim we've had for 111 years – to be there when schools and teachers need us.
''My little saviour in my pocket"
Tes teacher author Nikki Cunningham-Smith explains how Tes has always been there for the whole of her career. Whether she wants a job, an article or a resource, it's the place she looks.
"It's like having a staffroom in your pocket"
At brand new secondary school Trinity Academy in Leeds, teachers find Tes really useful for providing them with a teacher's point of view, and because it's online, support is always available!
What education leaders say
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