Does your School expect you to buy textbooks?

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Poll: Does your School expect you to buy textbooks?
Yes, I'm expected to purchase them (17)
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I buy them from the school at a discount (9)
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The school lends me them (19)
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04MR17
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I'm quite curious about this. :beard:

For many GCSEs and A Levels, the subject is taught based off a textbook.

While this isn't true for all courses and subject, I wondered whether more schools generally insisted on their students purchasing the textbooks, or were more generous in giving or lending their students books.


Do you think you should be given books if they are necessary to your course?

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yh why not, state funded school provided us with books.
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School provided books for GCSE (except english lit), but not A-Levels. Which is fair enough, more value for money at GCSE - they only really had to buy enough for one or two classes to use at a time and that would suffice for all current and future year groups, especially as GCSEs were mostly a lot less reliant on textbooks, whereas it's pretty much essential that A-Level students each have a textbook of their own all the time, A-Level textbooks are more expensive, and in a 6th form student numbers are smaller and fluctuate more for individual A-Level courses.
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It varied based on the subject and level.

At GCSE, we were given textbooks sometimes in class (often the old ones but we were the first year to do the new GCSE, so that's not surprising)

At A level, we were loaned maths textbooks (mostly, I had to buy a couple) and had online versions. We had online versions for biology and chemistry.
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I wasn't expected to buy any textbooks at gcse or A level, we had some classroom and library copies. I did invest in a couple books for revision at home, but not like the classroom textbook.
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For GCSE we were loaned the CGP revision guides (and the textbooks always stayed in the classroom) but were given the CGP workbooks for maths and science so we could write in them
And for A-level we’re loaned all of our textbooks from the school
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I went to a different high school and sixth form. For high school we had to buy them but the school offered a discount through them. For sixth form the school had a library which was free to borrow from and had all the books.

I definitely think they should be provided even if just loaning them as I understand the school might not be able to afford new ones every year. My high school (state) was the only one for my town for miles and so it took in people from very mixed economic backgrounds meaning not everyone could afford what they made us buy (whole new PE kit, textbooks, uniform, etc.). I don't think anyone should be disadvantaged on their course because they cannot afford to get the resources.
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At GCSE we were loaned or given course materials, and revision guides were an optional purchase. At A Level, everything was purchased by me, but the college passed on its bulk buy discount to us so it was cheaper to buy through them than to purchase the materials elsewhere.

I had no problem with this system, though my parents could afford the odd textbook. It may be more of a problem for those whose parents struggle to make ends meet, though I think college had a scheme to address this and help those students get the things they needed.
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Everything for ks4 down to year 7 was loaned to us by the school, but lots of it got stolen and sold on, which was such a shame. Now my school only hands them out for a level and trusted classes
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Should be given the resources if it is necessary for the course.
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ive had to buy all of mine, but you can get them for a lowered price through my school
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I had to buy my daughter the g.c.s.e revision guides, and then there was the a'level books. it wasnt too bad in price. You have to buy more pricier books at uni, but even then you can get some secondhand deals.
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My school tried telling students they had to buy their own A level textbooks and then stopped because it turned out this was illegal https://childlawadvice.org.uk/inform...ol-activities/

Education Act 1996 says
454 Prohibition of incidental charges.
(1) 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) education provided for the pupil at the school in respect of which, by virtue of section 451, no charge may be made, or
(b) a syllabus for a prescribed public examination which is a syllabus for which the pupil has been prepared at the school.
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we are expected to buy them ourselves (for gcse and a level)
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we were given online versions of all our textbooks for a level on this app called classoos
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at my school, we’re expected to buy them, but for some subjects we can get them at a cheaper price from the school
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Yes they did, when I applied for a bursary, they refused because I didn’t need the text books and the school would provide all resources needed. This however did not stop my subject teachers from asking me where my textbooks were every week or why I didn’t have them and I was too self conscious to say we couldn’t afford fancy stuff like that. The school didn’t have books to loan for the new spec so I asked for it for my birthday, it was super useful though.
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Always been expected to purchase them from KS3 to Year 13 at a State School
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you can buy textbooks from yr13 leavers, even though we have kerboodle to access the textbooks my school has only ever emailed parents the link to textbooks so they can buy them (from gcse - alevel)
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(Original post by 04MR17)
I'm quite curious about this. :beard:

For many GCSEs and A Levels, the subject is taught based off a textbook.

While this isn't true for all courses and subject, I wondered whether more schools generally insisted on their students purchasing the textbooks, or were more generous in giving or lending their students books.


Do you think you should be given books if they are necessary to your course?

Post below with your thoughts.



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State school:

We provide all the textbooks. However if a student wishes to annotate a book for English Literature they are asked to buy their own copy.

We offer revision books and required calculators for a discount - additional copies in the library and provided free to PP students.
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