TES Global is a digital education firm, providing networking and recruitment services to millions of teachers. It is owned by US private equity giant, TPG Capital.
It aims to provides teachers with 'all the tools and technology they need to excel'.
It has five members of the UK House of Lords on its payroll.
Formerly known as TSL Education, the company publishes TES (formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement), a weekly UK publication aimed primarily at school teachers in the UK. It also owns Times Higher Education (THE) magazine and THE World University Rankings.
TES Global's revenues come from advertising – both digital and print – and it is a leading player in teacher recruitment.
Edtech and digital marketplace
TES Global also offers a range of services targeted at teachers. It has a 7million strong community of teachers who have long used TES as a platform to freely share classroom resources. According to TES, more than 4.9 million resources are downloaded from the TES websites a week.
In February 2015, TES made this into an online marketplace, where teachers could buy and sell resources they had created. Its 'Blendspace' platform, allows teachers to 'take digital materials and build them into integrated lessons, annotate the individual pieces of content, and then share their collection directly with students or other teachers'. Another product, 'Wikispaces Classroom', provides a free social writing platform where teachers and students 'communicate and collaborate'. In 2014 it launched TES Labs, which will enable education technology start-ups to get teacher feedback on their products.
Despite its investments in digital education, CEO Rob Grimshaw, disagrees with what he calls 'the strand of discussion that says we can do away with teachers. Human to human contact seems important', he told the audience at a 2015 EducationInvestor conference.
- Rob Grimshaw, CEO
- Tom Glover, communications director (from 2015); formerly senior vice president of corporate communications at Pearson
- Jim Knight, Lord Knight former schools minister; Chief Education Adviser to TES Global from 2015; Knight was previously Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global.
- David Puttnam, Lord Puttnam
- Andrew Adonis, Lord Adonis, former education minister
- Patricia Morris, Baroness Morris, Conservative Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords; former Shadow Minister for Education & Skills
- David Willetts, Lord Willetts, former university and science minister
- Owen Lynch, former CEO of government ed tech quango, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, BECTA