Schools would have money to buy textbooks if they stopped all teachers from photocopying.
Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, made this assertion when he came to talk to publishers at a conference organised by the Educational Publishers Council of The Publishers Association in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association.
I looked up the price of one of the maths schemes the Minister said he liked. The textbooks were £10 each and the workbooks £8.50. This means that, if you were a one-form entry school with 30 children in each class, the scheme costs £1800 for the textbooks, with ongoing annual costs of £1530. I know the publishers probably give a discount for bulk sales, but that is just for one subject.
I would be really interested to know from schools how that compares to your photocopying budget.