Teacher uses money made from selling resources to pay deposit for daughter’s house

A teacher who made £6,000 selling his lesson plans to other teachers has used the money to help pay the deposit for his daughter’s house.

Paul Urry, deputy head at St James’ Primary School in Gorton, Manchester, earned the cash by selling a proportion of his vast teaching resources through the TES website.

While Mr Urry was clear that his motivation to produce the resources was not to make money, he said the extra cash was welcome.

“I started because I just wanted to share resources. I have produced 586 resources, but I only sell 19 of them and even those are available for free as samples,” he said after speaking about his experiences at the TES stand at Bett.

The primary teacher has had 1 million views of his site, and 2.1 million downloads, the vast majority of which are for free.

But he said the small amount of resources that are paid-for have allowed him to help his daughter onto the property ladder.

“I’m not doing this to make me rich. I realise £6,000 is a lot of money so I’ve used it to help my daughter pay a deposit for a house. She has a job, she lives with us and she’s 25. So to be able to help your children is the best thing,” Mr Urry said.

His resources have been hugely popular because they address the major changes that have taken place within the curriculum, but also allow teachers to adapt them for their own needs.

“A lot of what publishers produce just exploit teachers. They often publish rubbish and the best people to produce resources are the teachers,” he added.

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