Do any of your DC's get given text books at secondary school?
When I was at school we generally had at least one text book for each subject and in some cases like English many more. The books were ours for the year to take home and were the basis for much of the syllabus, study and homework.
Since my DS started Y7 in September he has not bought home a single text book for any subject. Only exercise books and scraps of printed paper which quickly get lost or damaged.
Is this normal these days or just his particular school?
Hi proud dad, I know some schools out there don't hand out text books to children ( goodness knows how they expect them to learn!) , but if I were in your shoes, I would make enquiries from teachers and your DC about all the texts being used, and buy a copy in each subject for you and DC to use and learn from at home.
My child's secondary school gives them textbooks in nearly all the topics except for the ones that rely heavily on the web for sources of info ( eg Geography, RE, Art, History). It is theirs to keep for the whole year, then they have to return it for the next set of Yr 7s to use.
No point in getting any old book covering Maths Yr 7. It is important to see what text your DS is actually using in his class. Every school out there uses a different text book for Maths ( loads of publishers out there) (ditto with Science, French, English, Latin and German).
Hope my advice helps...