Neal Oates

Why banning mobile phones in school is a smart move


The education secretary came in for a lot of flak when he suggested that schools outlaw mobile phones – but, putting the politics aside, such a ban leads to fewer distractions in the classroom, increased safety and less anxiety for students, says vice-principal Neal Oates

Banning smartphones in schools

It’s not often that I am in total agreement with government ministers on issues of behaviour management in schools, but recent comments about banning mobile phones from the classroom have struck a chord with me.

Despite a number of people criticising education secretary Gavin Williamson’s suggestion that mobile phones should not be “used or seen during the school day”, I actually believe that the UK government is on the right side of this particular argument.

As a school leader, my experience is that mobile phones are a distraction to young people, and, more often than not, they can have ...

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