What does free mean?

When people use the NHS, a service free at the point of delivery they may believe they are truly getting a free service. However this is demonstrably not true; the NHS is funded by taxpayers and the payment is indirect.

When resources are given away free (there are a number on this website), it is without payment. There is no payment for the use of the resources, however in some cases there may be indirect payment through advertising, signing up to newsletters or other means. Most people consider that resources without direct means of payment are free, and that means that they do not have to make any payment.

Recently I wrote a blog post that said “tes are now offering free resources for BOTH returning and new customers from https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/studeapps. Simply use the code OUTSTANDINGOCT for new buyers or VALUEDCUSTOMER for a returning customer.”, Through a forum

The criticism is that it is not free unless it is FREE. Coupons you spend with conditions.

So let us look at the terms and conditions for the VALUEDCUSTOMER code.

  1. There is a limit to the value – up to £5.
  2. For return buyers only
  3. You must use the code
  4. Finishes Sunday night
  5. Must be over 18 years old
  6. No tes employees
  7. Single use
  8. Can only use with established authors
  9. Non-transferable
  10. tes have no liability
  11. You agree to general terms and conditions (things like copyright restrictions)
  12. tes may send you promotional emails
  13. You personal data is kept by tes according to their policy
  14. tes have no (different) types of liability
  15. Can be withdrawn
  16. tes not labile for other types of liability
  17. this is subject to UK law
  18. tes address


I would really be interested to know which condition is the issue. True: It is time limited. However, that does not impact you if you download at the right time. You must be over 18, but surely you are to be a teacher?

Other than that buyers should, enter the code? Is that an issue?

I’m genuinely not sure!

The alternative is, of course that charging for any resources is wrong or immoral. They key counter argument though, is that everyone involved in education is paid for their time although education is free at the point of delivery for students.

Should resources be any different?

In particular the resources under discussion here simply would not exist if they were not sold for money; they are created especially for sale and without the royalty they would not be created. Much like without a salary, a teacher would not be in the classroom. It is a difficult line of argument to say a teacher or a doctor is immoral because they accept payment for their time. The created resources do generate a royalty, which fund their creation.

If people do not want to purchase the resources, they can download some of the free ones from this website or from the fee section on my store on tes. I hope that does not offend anybody.