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Taecanet (pronounced Tie-Can-Et) is an online learning service for students and teachers which supports the UK National Curriculum, covering a range of subjects in Key Stages 1 to 4 for primary, middle and secondary schools. It combines knowledge and expertise from teachers with secure web based delivery. Taecanet provides "learning journeys" – specially selected by teachers to meet objectives and outcomes for students.

Schools like Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookham report that using Taecanet with their Year 6 students has increased their Science SATs results by up to 50%.[citation needed]

Taecanet operates in a unique way to share knowledge; teachers across the country contribute good learning material which the organisation then makes available to all schools who subscribe. The subscriptions are used to operate the service and pay for the teachers who contribute.[1]

Origin of name[edit]

The name 'Taecanet' comes from the old English word taeca (or teacher). These early teachers would give taecans (or tokens) to their students, to prove that they had, in fact, been taught.[citation needed] The suffix -net, comes from the organisation's presence on the Internet.


The Taecanet service contains the following key features:[2]

  • Over 4,500 individual learning journeys with online assessment covering KS1 to KS4.
  • Full coverage of science, history, geography, citizenship and religious studies from Year 2 to Year 9.
  • New subjects and/or units added regularly.
  • Personalized, self paced learning for every student with revision, peer review and exploration included.
  • Individual accounts for all pupils and teachers.
  • Access from school and home, indeed via any Internet connection.
  • Easy to use teacher controls with comprehensive performance information.
  • Online service tutorials.
  • Wide range of training and support packages.


  • The first school to use the Taecanet service was Woodchurch Road Primary School in Birkenhead[3] which trialled the service in 2003. On 1 November 2006, Taecanet founder, Ian Nairn, returned to the school to present them with a special plaque, marking its place in the company's history.[3]


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