Low on textbooks

A DEPRESSINGLY low number of pupils have their own textbooks, researchers at Keele University have found.

From the sample of nearly 1,100 state secondary school children in 54 schools, only 56 per cent were provided with books they did not have to share.

"In spite of campaigns to raise awareness of the lack of books and an increase in investment in education from central government, pupils'

responses (to questions about the use and availability of text or course books) have changed remarkably little over the years," concludes the report.

The use and availability of text or course books in schools, a report for the Educational Publishers Council by the centre for successful schools, Keele University.

www.publishers.org.uk

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