It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our colleague and contributor Bev Evans after a short illness.


Many within the TES community will know Bev, but only a few will have had the privilege of meeting her face to face. We first became aware of her when she began uploading lesson plans that she had made for her son to the TES Connect site. Her understanding of the special needs community, her fantastic resources, not to mention her determination to help and her friendliness, soon marked her out as someone very special indeed.


We felt very fortunate when Bev came to join us as our SEN subject lead. She remains our most popular, followed and downloaded author of resources on the TES Connect site. Over 1,000 resources that Bev created by hand have been downloaded 4,510,022 times in 248 countries and territories. However, it would be a disservice to Bev if we were to put her achievements simply in terms of numbers. Her motivation was always people and Bev has helped – and her resources will continue to help – millions of teachers and students around the world.


Louise Rogers, CEO of TSL Education, which owns the TES, paid tribute to Bev, calling her a “legend of the TES platform”.


She said: “Bev was remarkable: her hard work, talent and determination to share what she knew works when it comes to educating children with special educational needs has always been a source of inspiration to me personally – and no doubt also to the colleagues who knew her and the millions and millions and millions of teachers who downloaded her materials.”


Bev made our site, our office and the teaching profession a far more cheerful and colourful place – she will be missed by us all. Our thoughts are with her husband, Paul, her children and her grandchildren. 


Please feel free to share your memories of Bev in the comments.