About the Resource Our Schools Campaign

Students who attend schools that have good textbooks, science equipment and IT labs score two grades higher at A level than other children- the difference between getting AAA and ABB.

1 in 4 schools in England can’t afford to provide sufficient stationery and books for their pupils, and 6 in 10 children attend schools that can’t afford to spend the national average of £300 per pupil on classroom materials.

Every child deserves to receive the learning materials they need to succeed in life. That’s why our campaign won’t stop until:

  • All pupils receive the national average spend on learning resources.
  • For primary schools, this equates to £265 per pupil per year.
  • For secondaries, this equates to £365 per pupil per year.

Primary and secondary schools currently have £13 and £100 less per pupil respectively to spend on quality textbooks, ICT and lab equipment than they had in 2013.

Even with the Government’s proposed £14.1 billion education funding, research shows that schools will only have between £2-3 more to spend on each pupil’s learning materials. 

Until we receive the funding we need to create properly resourced schools, it’s up to all of us to keep the budget pressures facing schools front and centre of the debate- at every dinner table, in each PTA meeting, in MP offices up and down the country.

Join our campaign today, enter your postcode and use our email generator to write to your MP.

Press Enquiries

If you would like more information about BESA’s Resource our Schools campaign, please contact BESA’s Policy Analyst, Alexander Shea, at alex@besa.org.uk or +44 (0) 20 7537 4997

About BESA

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) is a not-for-profit trade association with an 85-year heritage of serving the education sector. BESA represents over 400 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers of school furniture, books, curriculum content, teaching aids and educational technology (EdTech). BESA’s members are subject to a stringent code of conduct.

Working closely with the Department for Education (DfE), BESA seeks to help schools procure quality resources while achieving value for money. Our LearnED Roadshow programme of events allows teachers to hear from their peers on how to successfully implement technology in schools. Similarly, our LendED.org.uk portal allows teachers to trial products before they buy, to see if they are suitable to their pupils’ needs.

You can visit BESA’s website at www.besa.org.uk

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