How do you create a free resource for a top-drawer client like BP? Sophie Bessemer reports
BP screenshot 1BP: 'pushing the boundaries of creativity and interactivity'Mention the phrase ‘sponsored educational resource’ to some educators and you’ll be met with a barrage of arguments about the commercialisation of the classroom, inappropriate branding, and using teachers as an unpaid sales force.

While you can always find poor examples, the great majority of sponsored resources, undergo just the same rigorous research, development and testing regime as any educational publisher-created ones. And, as a bonus, the sponsored resource will generally be free to schools.

EdCom 9/11 Education ProgrammeStill from EdCom 9/11 Education ProgrammeNo such thing as a free lunch? When it comes to digital and online teaching materials for teachers that’s not true. What’s required is a creative and careful balance between the communications desires of sponsor organisations and the needs of schools.

This week sees the launch of a brand new website,, specialising in free resources for teachers, and from a company that specialises in creating them, EdComs. It kicks off with 40 free, high-quality teaching resources, for both primary and secondary schools, and a competition.

EdComs' Sophie Bessemer reveals some secrets of her trade – creating excellent education resources

Free digital resourcesHow do you decide what is a good teaching resource? High quality, relevant to the curriculum, engaging, and preferably free would probably cover it. You may also be looking for age appropriate, and interesting design and a teaching approach that you follow and understand.

As teachers you’ll be bombarded with “information” about stuff you simply can’t do without. Be it through the post or via e-mail, there are so many resources being produced that it is hard to distinguish the wheat from the chaff. So how do you filter or choose what to look at and order?