* Make sure that every book you issue is indelibly marked as school property and carries an individual code.
* Record the codes against names in your mark books as you give them out. Call pupils out and do this individually so they see your serious intent.
* If the books have been used before, ask pupils to show you any damage and record it. This discourages further abuse and protects the innocent.
* Try to use books regularly ad consistently.
* If the books are not going home, leave time at the end of the lesson to collect them methodically.
* Keep books for whichyou are responsible in a locked cupboard. Assume that even your mostsaintly colleague willborrow textbooks under pressure.
* Check that your department has a consistent procedure for dealingwith lost books - a letter home requestingpart-payment often yields results.
* Books are meant to be used, and they travel a lot, so be understanding, but be seen to follow up all cases of lost or damaged books.