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23 June 2018

United Kingdom: Could There Be a Classroom Ban on Mobile Phones?

More headteachers are being encouraged to ban mobile
phones from schools
Are mobile phones allowed in schools, could there be a classroom ban and what are the arguments for and against them?

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is encouraging headteachers to ban mobile phones from schools
By Neal Baker, thesun.co.uk, 21 June 2018

MORE schools could be encouraged to ban pupils from bringing mobile phones to class.

Culture and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock said evidence showed removing phones improves behaviour and learning.

Are mobile phones allowed in UK schools?
It is up to individual schools to ban mobile phones from classrooms.

Headteachers can decide to outlaw them from school grounds or allow individual teachers to ban them from their classes.

In France, a total ban on under-15s bringing phones to school will come into force in September.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, France's education minister, said: “Being open to technologies of the future doesn’t mean we have to accept all their uses.”

Could there be a ban on phones in British classrooms?

It is unlikely that a nationwide ban on phones in classrooms would be brought in by the government.

Ministers are keen to let individual schools make decisions on how they run classes.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hancock said: "The evidence is that banning phones in schools works.

“Studies have shown that mobile phones can have a real impact on working memory and fluid intelligence, even if the phone is on a table or in a bag.”

Ofsted's chief inspector is also backing headteachers who ban mobile phones to prevent bad behaviour.

Speaking at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on June 21, Amanda Spielman will blame technology for making "low level disruption" more common.

She will say it is "entirely appropriate" for schools to use sanctions such as writing lines, detention or "community service" punishments such as picking up litter.


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