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Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 16, 2015.

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  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member


    If this is your first visit welcome to TES Community.

    I hope you enjoy being a part of this vibrant community and will use the forums as your online staffroom to meet and chat with like-minded people in your industry or to use as the ultimate go-to resource for feedback on your ideas, inspiration on dealing with an issue or specific query, a chance to get valuable peer-to-peer advice and tips or to share best practice.

    I thought it would be useful to produce a very quick guide to the forums.

    TES Community is made up of seven main forums:

    Whole school
    Home time
    Scotland and Wales

    There are more than 60 sub-forums:


    Welcome lounge & help

    Education news

    Workplace dilemmas


    Career clinic


    Early years




    Special educational needs

    Further education


    Teaching overseas


    Thinking of teaching

    Trainee and student teachers

    New teachers (NQTs)

    Teaching assistants

    Overseas trained teachers


    Supply teachers

    Private tutors

    Heads of department

    Senior leadership team





    Art and design

    Business studies


    Computing & ICT

    Design and technology

    Drama and performing arts





    Media studies

    Modern foreign languages


    Physical education


    Religious education


    Social sciences

    Whole school




    Pay and conditions

    Professional development

    School trips

    Home time

    Author's Group



    Book club

    Health and wellbeing



    Scotland & Wales

    Scotland - education news

    Scotland - Primary

    Scotland - prospective teachers

    Scotland - curriculum

    Cymru - education news

    Please remember that the Welcome and forum help is specifically for people who are having issues using the forum or for new members to introduce themselves.

    Please read the brief guide below for more information about where to post to get the relevant help you need for specific queries.
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Where would be the best place to post?

    If you are looking for specific advice or information then one of the professional-based forums would be the best place for you to post your query.

    For example, if you want to find out what others think about an exam board’s specifications for GCSE English then please post your message in the English sub-forum. You can use the Jump to quick navigation menu.



    If you have a work related problem then Workplace dilemmas is the place to post your message.

    Do you have questions about your career? If so, then the Career clinic forum is where you can get advice and support about what your next move should be. TheoGriff, who has been the resident Jobseekers expert on the TES Community for 10 years is on hand to help answer some of your questions.

    If your query relates to getting a job then post your message in the Jobseekers forum.

    People looking for tips and advice on managing bad behaviour should use the jump to button to find the behaviour sub-forum.

    If you are thinking about teaching, an NQT, a supply teacher, a teaching assistant, a headteacher, a member of the senior management team or a governor there are sub-forums relevant to all of you, just scroll down to the Role parent forum. Retired teachers can post their queries in a sub-forum called Retirement.

    Don’t forget that sector or subject-based questions can be posted in the relevant forum that applies to you.

    Please remember to include as much information as possible to help other forum members answer your question, such as the age range of the children or key stage that you need advice about.

    However, please bear in mind that if you are posting about a workplace dilemma or something equally sensitive that you may want to avoid including details in your post that may reveal your identity or the place where you work. This includes your username. Your TES user profile gives you the option to change the name that you wish to be displayed on the site.

    In the top right-hand corner of the screen you should see your username. Click on your username and drop-down menu will appear. You need to click on the Your Profile Page link to open your TES user profile.


    Click on the Edit my profile button:


    You should see the option to change the name displayed, if you want to change it. Then click exit edit mode.


    Please bear in mind the following when posting on the forums:

    Community guideline:

    Anonymity:Users will not identify (nor describe in a way which could feasibly lead to identification) schools, students or fellow members of the community.

    Terms and conditions

    You agree to not use the Services to:

    · upload, post, email, PM (personal message) or otherwise transmit any User-Uploaded Content that:
    • post content which refers to individual schools, colleges or agencies - or their staff - whether by name, or identifiable by a pseudonym or any other means;
    • advertise any job vacancies in any area of our forums (other than through a Website which is clearly designated as a recruitment service);

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