Our History

The story of TES Global is extraordinary, encompassing one of the fastest-growing, digital communities of any profession globally, as well as a 100-year-old print heritage. Today, with over 6.1 million registered online users in 197 countries, it is the largest online network of teachers in the world and the largest single-profession social network. It is now a privately owned, Private Equity-backed company.

TES Global has over 100 years of experience in the teacher recruitment sector, having been established as a free insert in The Times newspaper called the Times Educational Supplement (“TES”) in 1910 and becoming a stand-alone title published weekly in 1914. The Times Higher Education (“THE”) was founded in 1971. In 2013, the company was acquired by TPG Capital, a leading global private investment firm with over $59 billion of capital under management. Prior to the acquisition, the company had been owned by a variety of different investors including News Corporation, Exponent Private Equity LLP and Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP.
 
The transformation into an online digital marketplace was launched with the TES jobs website and the classroom resource sharing website TES Connect in 2006. In late 2009, we launched HireWire, a free online applicant tracking tool for schools. We also expanded our platform into new markets with the launch in the United States of Share My Lesson, a joint venture with the American Federation of Teachers, and the launch of TES India, both in 2012. TES Australia, a resource sharing platform mapped to the newly introduced Australian curriculum, was launched in 2013 in partnership with the Australian Education Union, the Centre for Professional Learning and the New South Wales Board of Studies.
 
In March 2014 we acquired San Francisco-based Wikispaces, a collaborative learning platform with over 2.2 million registered teachers, as part of our strategy to continue to expand our Resources platform. This was followed by the acquisition in July of Blendspace, a San Francisco-based company providing web-based tools that enable teachers to create digital, self-paced lessons for their classrooms and students. In June 2014, we acquired a majority stake of Vision for Education, our first step into the temporary supply teaching agency market in the United Kingdom, having for decades been the number one for permanent education recruitment.

 

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2014

  • TES Global acquires teaching resource site Blendspace

  • TES Global acquires supply teaching agency Vision for Education

  • TSL Education Ltd changes its name to TES Global Ltd

  • TSL Education acquires San Francisco-based Wikispaces

2013

  • TSL Education launches TES Australia in partnership with the New South Wales Board of Studies, the Australian Education Union and the Centre for Professional Learning

  • TPG Capital LLP acquires TSL Education

2012

2011

  • The TES resource bank becomes the largest online network of teachers in the world

  • TES and TES Scotland (TESS) relaunch as glossy magazines

2010

  • TSL Education acquires iBoard to help develop the online resource bank

2009

  • TSL Education launches HireWire, a free digital recruitment tool for schools

2008

  • TSL Education acquires Education Data Surveys (EDS)

  • Times Higher Education Supplement relaunches as a glossy magazine called the THE

2007

  • Charterhouse Capital Partners acquires TSL Education

2006

  • TES Scotland (TESS) spins out as a stand alone weekly Scottish publication

  • TES paper redesigned with a new magazine

  • The TES Connect website is launched with a new platform for teachers to share resources

2005

  • Exponent acquires TSL Education from News International

1999

  • Times Supplements Ltd changes its name to TSL Education Ltd

1989

  • Times Supplements Ltd is created to run the two educational titles and the TLS

1981

  • News Corporation buys Times Newspapers Ltd

1971

  • The Times Higher Education (THE) is launched by The Thomson Organisation, owner of The Times

1914

  • TES becomes stand-alone title published weekly for the price of 1p

1910

  • The Times Educational Supplement (TES) first published