We are trying to have a clampdown on pupils who do not come to lessons properly equipped. (Pen, pencil, ruler, calculator, book, + a few other items). I tend to lend compasses when they need them and even protractors on a good day but I cannot afford to provide calculators. I have a "Grot" box for pens, pencils and rulers but give the kids a hard time about it if they haven't got these basics (unless it is a student who usually never forgets) The Headmaster says that we cannot take sanctions against students who don't bring equipment (not even a detention) because schools are required to provide all equipment required for any course. I couldn't believe this but he has pointed me towards the 1996 Eduaction Act (England and Wales) and it certainly appears to be correct. Here is an extract: 454[/URL] Neither the parent of a registered pupil at a maintained school nor the pupil himself shall be required to pay for or supply any materials, books, instruments or other equipment for use for the purposes of or in connection with— <a id="section-454-1-a" class="LegAnchorID">[/URL]education provided for the pupil at the school in respect of which, by virtue of section 451, no charge may be made, or[/i] <a id="section-454-1-b" class="LegAnchorID">[/URL]a syllabus for a prescribed public examination which is a syllabus for which the pupil has been prepared at the school.[/i] <a id="section-454-2" class="LegAnchorID">[/URL]Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent the parent of a pupil from being required to pay for or supply any materials for use for the purposes of the production, in the course of the provision of education for the pupil at the school, of any article incorporating those materials, where the parent has indicated before that requirement is made that he wishes the article to be owned by him or by the pupil.[/i] I know all the reasons why a student should have their own calculator (so that they learn how to use it) but on the face of it we cannot insist on them bringing any equipment for Maths (Not even a pen, pencil or ruler). For this reason the Head wants to go easy. He is worried that we could find ourselves having to provide everything. Has anybody else got any experience of not being allowed to impose sanctions for lack of equipment or does anybody know whether this part of the act has been the subject of legal interpretation?