A History of LFE

The Institute of Education, TES and Suklaa delivered the inaugural LFE in 2012 to an audience of over 1,200 people and feedback was extremely positive. Building on that success, the two organisations have partnered for the second year running to deliver the London Festival of Education.


The TES has been at the heart of education for more than 100 years, bringing news, comment, analysis, CPD and jobs to teachers in the weekly magazine and breaking news online at news.tesconnect.com.

As well as covering the primary and secondary sectors, TES has a dedicated online presence for further education at http://news.tes.co.uk/further-education/, as well as a weekly FE section in the magazine.

The TES’ teaching resources website, tesconnect.com, has 3.5 million registered users from 275 countries and territories and more than 800,000 lesson plans and resources. It sees more than 4.9 million downloads a week - ten per second.

It runs two successful annual awards ceremonies celebrating teachers and educational achievement, the TES Schools Awards and the TES FE Awards.

A recent launch is TES Labs, which invites teachers to share their ideas and expertise to help entrepreneurs build relevant learning technologies for the classroom.

TES is also launching TES Courses, a new online form of teacher development featuring training created by the Institute of Education.

The TES can be found on Twitter - @tes and @tesresources - and Facebook - www.facebook.com/TESConnect


The UCL Institute of Education, London (IOE) has a reputation as the one of the world’s leading centres for the education and training of teachers and for the conduct of educational and social research. This reputation has been gained and sustained for over 100 years since the IOE was founded in October 1902 as the London Day Training College (LDTC) under the joint auspices of the University College London and of the London County Council.

The Institute was ranked number one for education worldwide. It has been shortlisted in the 'University of the Year' category of the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards. In January 2014, the Institute was recognised by Ofsted for its 'outstanding' initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education.   In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of the publications that the IOE submitted were judged to be internationally significant and over a third were judged to be 'world leading'.  

Our mission is to pursue excellence in education through:
  • Research and scholarship of national and international significance;
  • High quality, innovative postgraduate and post-experience teaching;
  • The promotion of new ideas in policy and professional practice grounded in its research and teaching expertise;
  • Consultancy and other services to support the quality of the educational system as a whole.
For further information: www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe