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Children’s Right to Read School Textbooks


December 2005 ‑ September 2006

As part of the long‑running ‘Right to Read’ campaign, the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) commissioned LISU to research the availability of secondary school text books in alternative formats.

Part one of the study took place during December 2005 – February 2006 and focussed on the most popular texts used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland at Key Stages 3 and 4 for selected core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Welsh) and reference texts such as dictionaries and atlases.

The second part of the study (July – September 2006) investigated the availability of textbooks for the Scottish curriculum in the same subject areas.

The research findings have been included in the RNIB’s campaign report ‘Where’s my book?’

The LISU reports are available to download.






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