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Textbook Challenge

Textbook Challenge

The Textbook Challenge is a campaign calling for every child to have access to a textbook in the main subject areas.

In primary and secondary schools, good teaching and high academic standards are strongly associated with the adequate provision and widespread use of high-quality textbooks. Additionally, and as acknowledged in the recent report from the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group, textbooks play a vital role in reducing teacher workload.

The campaign is not a simple call for money. It is about raising awareness of the value using textbooks bring to the classroom and teachers and encouraging their use. It is about pointing out that in an environment of limited resources when sometimes tough choices have to be made, the cost of textbooks is more than balanced out by the benefits they deliver.

Campaign aims and objectives:

  • To promote the role published learning resources play in improving standards and pupil outcomes
  • To promote the role published learning resources play in reducing teacher workload
  • To have textbooks seen as positive teaching resources amongst teachers, parents, government and Ofsted.
  • To achieve greater prioritisation on classroom resources and textbooks in particular

For more information or to support the campaign please visit the campaign website.

Teaching Guidelines

These documents are written for authors and publishers of English teaching resources for school-age pupils, and will also be useful for teachers and other interested parties.  They outline the features associated with high-quality resources, in line with domestic and international research. The term ‘teaching resources’ covers anything that is published to support the teaching of English. This includes textbooks, workbooks, teachers’ guides and other materials in print or digital form.

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