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Calling for all children to have access to a textbook in the main subject areas

The Textbook Challenge

The Textbook Challenge Campaign

The Textbook Challenge is a campaign calling for every child to have access to a textbook in the main subject areas.

In primary and secondary schools, good teaching and high academic standards are strongly associated with adequate provision and widespread use of high-quality textbooks. Additionally, and as acknowledged in the recent report from the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group, textbooks play a vital role in reducing teacher workload.

The campaign is not a simple call for money. It is about raising awareness of the value using textbooks bring to the classroom and teachers and encouraging their use. It is about pointing out that in an environment of limited resources when sometimes tough choices have to be made, the cost of textbooks is more than balanced out by the benefits they deliver.

Campaign aims and objectives

  • To promote the role published learning resources play in improving standards and pupil outcomes
  • To promote the role published learning resources play in reducing teacher workload
  • To have textbooks seen as positive teaching resources amongst teachers, parents, government and Ofsted.
  • To achieve greater prioritisation on classroom resources and textbooks in particular

"The evidence on high quality textbooks is compelling, and leads to support, not undermining, of high quality teaching. Supportive to teachers, pupils and parents alike, the emergence of a new generation of high quality materials, based on international evidence, represents a huge step forward for schools in England."

Tim Oates, former chair of the National Curriculum review

Support us

We would be delighted if you were willing to sign up to support this campaign. You can also give your support by:

  • Providing a supportive quote for the campaign’s website
  • Promoting the campaign on social media using #textbookchallenge
  • Linking to this website

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Our Mission Statement

The Textbook Challenge is a campaign calling for every child to have access to a textbook in the main subject areas.

Textbook Challenge Campaign
The Publishers Association
50 Southwark Street
London SE1 1UN

Tel: +44 (0)20 7378 0504