I'm in the early stages of my career but in the three schools I've worked in I've noticed that textbooks don't seem to be a thing in the UK. Thinking back to my own childhood in Ireland, I remember at the start of every school year getting the book list in the post and going to the store with my parents to get my books (about 7 books by year 6). Lessons would typically involve us reading from the book. Some kind of discussion or a teacher demonstration and then working on problems or questions given at the end of the chapter or in an accompanying work book. It seemed to work quite well. Now that I'm working in schools I see how long planning and sourcing resources can take. The handing out and collecting of worksheets and gluing these into books is also a bit of a pain. If anyone is curious this would be fairly representative of a Irish school book list http://www.oatlandsprimaryschool.ie/node/71 I don't remember there being much if any differentiation. Though I can say for certain that we didn't have any SEN children in the school beyond some minor dyslexics. I don't understand why the English don't go for it. Ireland seems to rank higher in many rankings of results and school systems. Is it just not wanting to ask the parents to pay for books? Or is there a real belief that worksheets are the way forward?