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Discussion in 'TES Authors' Group' started by teachercellar, Jun 4, 2018.
Could someone from TES explain why there is no Bev Evans award this year?
Perhaps an alert might get a response from someone at TES @teachercellar
@TES_Rosaline @TES Resource Team @tesAuthorTeam
Thank you @marlin for alerting me to the thread. I've forwarded your question @teachercellar to the relevant department.
Thank you @TES_Rosaline
We try to keep the Tes Schools Awards fresh and relevant by putting in new categories each year. We are limited on the number of categories we can have on the evening so this means we then have to remove some categories too. However, there is no reason why the Bev Evans award cannot return in future years if there is sufficient demand for it.
I'm just wondering, how much demand is classed as sufficient demand please, and where does the demand have to come from? The resource-author market is growing massively - I am confident I could prove sufficient demand very quickly, just by putting up an online poll on our author social media groups.
I imagine an author award would raise moral massively amongst Tes authors and increase publicity for the resources side of Tes, which would be great for Tes Global, as well as attracting new tes authors too for Tes Resources.
I'm sure there's some information I'm not party to which makes this decision make sense, but as an objective point of view - I can't see how removing the Bev Evans Award helps Tes Global in any way. Unless it's because Bev Evans was known for sharing for free and now most people sell - this is the only thing I can think of. In which case there should be both a free and a seller category.
The percentage of Tes authors has grown dramatically over the past two years - and this is a more relevant award than ever before. I struggle to think of another movement in education which has recently been established and seen so much growth. What could be more relevant than this? It becomes more relevant and huge by the day. It is expanding exponentially.
From a business point of view, tickets were £70 last time and you could have potentially thousands of Tes authors there. This is a huge opportunity for Tes to make a lot of money. It is a fantastic night out. You could theoretically hold an award ceremony JUST for Tes authors.
I can't believe the demand isn't there for this. There are awards for very specialist school groups that barely anyone in the UK sends their children to (no slight on those fantastic schools, I'm just comparing levels of relevance).
Please let me know what I need to prove and the numbers and I'll get a campaign started up for next year.
P.S I work really hard and would like an award.
After months of 'consultation' on what defines a quality resource... TES has decided they're unable to judge such!
I doubt demand is the issue. More likely it's the lack of awareness of what there is to choose from due to the hands-off approach to resource management (which led to the issues that sparked off that 'consultation' (and yet they still don't seem to have identified the common source of that quality issue)).
In fairness I think it would be sensible to get the house in order first and then any award might have better value/credibility.
Not forgetting the colossal fact that many of us authors are very experienced teachers who were forced out of our jobs, have the skills, knowledge and resources and might well appreciate some vindication to keep going! Our work is helping the current teachers in schools. Hmm.
Thank you for your comments @EC_Resources, @thinky and @Mrsmumbles. I have forwarded all your comments.