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TES Connect nominated for Best Employment Site in the 13th annual Webby Awards

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TES Connect is proud to announce that it has been nominated for Best Employment Website in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Used by thousands of schools and colleges, with over 700,000 registered users and more than 1.3 million monthly visitors (March 2009), www.tes.co.uk is the number one website for the best teaching jobs across the country. It is the UK’s leading online recruitment resource for schools and colleges looking to find new quality teaching and support staff. Visitors to the jobs section can browse by position, subject, workplace and by location; they can also build customised job alerts so when that perfect new job vacancy appears it is sent to them. Advertisers are given the opportunity to tailor the design of their adverts and add a wealth of employer and local information, enabling them to reach the best candidates within the largest online education audience in the country and successfully appoint to those hard to fill positions.

TES Connect is also the central focus for the UK teaching community to share their ideas, thoughts and views outside the staffroom.TES Connect is a social network that allows teachers to network, share resources and search for jobs. It is the world’s largest social network for a single profession and allows teachers to connect with other professionals to find and share their best classroom resources, advice and career guidance.

"Nominees like TES Connect are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."

Edward Griffith, Head of TES Connect comments: “We are tremendously excited to be nominated in the Employment category of the prestigious Webby Awards. We’re up against some strong competition, but this nomination reflects the hard work we’ve put into the redevelopment of our jobs platform over the last eight months. We’ve given teachers the tools not only to find and apply for the best jobs but to improve the quality of their teaching and to build their own online professional support network."

As a nominee, TES Connect is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 30th, TES Connect fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at http://pv.webbyawards.com

About TES Connect

Used by thousands of schools and colleges, with over 700,000 registered users, TES Connect is the central focus for the UK teaching community to share their ideas, thoughts and views outside the staffroom. TES Connect is a social network that allows teachers to network, share resources and search for jobs. It is the world’s largest social network for a single profession and allows teachers to connect with other professionals to find and share their best classroom resources and advice. Split into five user-friendly sections including jobs, community, resources and My TES, the site gives teachers access to tools that have the potential to transform lesson planning and the quality of lessons taught.

Further details on the site:

Community: The world’s largest online social network for teachers where they can share their professional profile with peers, discuss a range of issues on the forums, and see what their professional colleagues have been making good use of in the classroom

Resources: The TES Connect Resources section is home to a vast library of teaching resources all created and uploaded by other teachers in the TES community for everyone to share. With separate subject channels for every type of teacher, there are all kinds of classroom materials including lesson plans, videos, PowerPoints, games, puzzles, worksheets and tutorials. With over 29,000 resources already on the site, hundreds are uploaded by the community every week.

Jobs: www.tes.co.uk is the number one site for the best teaching jobs across the country. With over 700,000 registered users, it is the UK’s leading online recruitment resource for schools and colleges looking to find new quality teaching and support staff. Now a key part of TES Connect, visitors to the jobs section can browse by position, subject, workplace and by location and build customised job alerts so when that perfect new job vacancy appears it is sent to them.

The Paper: all the print articles from the Times Educational Supplement appear on the site the day they are published.

My TES: A personalised page where teachers can save the content that is relevant to them. Users also receive updates from the community as well as bookmarks and links to top content on the site

About the Webby Awards

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received over 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Wired; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th hosted by Seth Meyers. Winners will be able to share one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches with the world. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.").

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.