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Bringing back books to UK schools

13/10/2015 Joanna
With everything digital being at the forefront of development, it's no wonder that computerised learning has become more popular than ever. Many UK educators believe that this is boosting results, however data released by Kaspersky Lab shows that over-reliance on devices and the internet is having a negative effect on our ability to retain information. 

The government is now working with the publishing industry to lift textbook standards to a level that is "on par with the rest of the world". Schools minister Nick Gibb is calling upon teachers to abandon the "anti-textbook ethos" which has become prevalent in recent years in a bid to raise standards of education within the UK to match top-performing countries overseas.

Students in England use textbooks much less frequently than those in countries with top exam results. A government-backed survey showed that in 2014 only 10 per cent of maths teachers in England used textbooks for core teaching, as opposed to 95 per cent in Finland, and 70 per cent in Singapore.

Nick Gibb says that not only can textbooks cut workloads for teachers, freeing them from reproducing worksheets for pupils, they can offer a more structured education, save money, and help parents to support their children outside of school. 

Speaking to the Express, a spokesperson from the Department for Education said: “Schools are best placed to choose the appropriate resources for pupils but we are clear that while the best digital materials can be powerful, providing teachers with extra tools to do their job better, they are no replacement for a good textbook, instead they should complement it."

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