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Why do UK schools not use textbooks?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Grantcobbs, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    Cpg maths textbooks are also pretty good!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  2. MadHatter1985

    MadHatter1985 New commenter

    When I was an NQT in my first school, there were no textbooks and I was told that only "lazy teachers" use worksheets. I was, quite literally, supposed to re-create the wheel for every lesson! I think quite the opposite is true: an NQT can learn quite a lot from a good textbook! (I use them very often now and my results are much, much better then they have ever been!)
    TEA2111 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  3. I have been banging on about how we need textbooks in the uk for a long time . I remember making a post about this a few years ago and people argued in favour of textbooks .
    “They hide all the books when they see you coming “ was one response . Which I guess was meant as a smart ass comment . Also all the posts last time were about how the best teachers don’t use books . I use books and it gives me far better structure in my lessons . I am not so arrogant as to say I can plan a better lesson than the published educationalist.
    Lara mfl 05 and TEA2111 like this.
  4. I also grew up in Ireland and the use of text books aided the children greatly

    I also grew up in Ireland where children had a text book for each of the main subjects from Reception right through to A levels. It was a lot easier to consolidate teaching by having a reference point and access to the complete curriculum. I find it baffling when teachers suggest buying notes for a child with a pigeon holed stereotype attached. For example; my Son with Aspergers wanted text books for physics but all that's available is a shorter consise notes or specific notes for a predicted grade; "your son needs notes for a grade 4 in physics" why can't we have notes for an A student and see how he fares?! It's like we take away the possibility of doing better because they are streamed a hundred times. I honestly believe if there was a text book the children could get their teeth into and learn from we would see better results. Both of my children seem to be trying to find curriculum information randomly from the internet for homework and revision. Why can't they just have their course work to hand? I just can get my head around it!!
  5. Here is an interesting article about a summit that took place in the UK. Representatives from various countries participated and talked mainly in favour of good textbooks. The report of the summit can be found here.

    In my opinion a group of specialists can generate much more thorough textbooks, that correspond to different learning styles and different approaches, than the worksheets a teacher can generate withing an hour of PPA time a week. In addition to that, a teacher could use a textbook as the basis or a starting point to their plan and alter it as they feel would be more beneficial to their pupils.
  6. lillypooleaveitnanny

    lillypooleaveitnanny New commenter

    I am a tutor and work in a range or jobs with children from both state and private schools. We often cover homework. The private school children all have their textbooks along with the exercise books. Homework is a section in the textbook which their write in their exercise books under title Prep. If they are stuck they have the course there to recap. So simple. On the other hand my state educated children have endless lose pieces of paper and often don’t remember what they were learning. Even worse is the way the homework is written is sometimes so confusing even I cannot understand what they need to do! Total madness. My nephew also has to spend hours on google trying to find the answers to relatively simple work because he doesn’t remember everything taught and had no material to help him at home!!! Bring back the textbooks. Universities use them so why don’t schools??
  7. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    Digital textbooks would solve that problem.
  8. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Tbh, I don't have anything against text books, but I haven't really found that I miss them. Planning barely takes any time. That's for maths anyway. Wouldn't mind one in grammar. We use cgp ones for homework tasks.
  9. MonstieBags

    MonstieBags Occasional commenter

    Schools just don't buy them - indepnedent learning from text books was a large part of my own primary education and I loved it. I think text books would really lessen teacher work load and raise standards.
  10. Julesbookworm

    Julesbookworm New commenter

    I was trying to encourage my 11 year old granddaughter to complete her biology homework when we both discovered the questions on her app didn't match the number of the questions on the hard copy. We were both totally confused. I asked her to go and get her textbook but to my horror was told they don't work from textbooks. I have worked in a large town library for thirty years and know the value of books. I have now ordered a K Stage 3 Biology textbook from Amazon for the princely sum of 93p. When I was at school years ago we sold our textbooks onto the class below us. After all a cell will always be a cell until we are all drowned or blown up by a nuclear bomb!!!!! Julesbookworm

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