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Nick Gibb’s speech to the Educational Publishers Council

Here is a link to the speech that Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Reform) gave at a conference last Tuesday, organised by the Educational Publishers Council of the Publishers Association, in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-to-get-more-high-quality-textbooks-into-classrooms

As you will see, Nick Gibb is strongly in favour of getting more high-quality textbooks into classrooms. In the question and answer session after his speech, he did say that there was room for other high-quality resources (and as a publisher of ‘other high-quality resources’ I sighed a big sigh of relief!)

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Stop photocopying and buy textbooks?

Schools would have money to buy textbooks if they stopped all teachers from photocopying.

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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.

 

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Should all textbooks be the same?

No one would disagree that raising standards in mathematics is important. However, there is lots of disagreement on what the best way to do this. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, is convinced he has the answer: Chinese and Singaporean-style textbooks.

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