Schools will become mobile phone-free zones, Gavin Williamson announced yesterday as he set out plans for a nationwide classroom ban.
Under a new regime backed by the education secretary, heads would be told to stop pupils using their phones at any point during the school day.
Williamson said that the ban would end the “damaging effect” that overuse of mobile phones could have on children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The move pits him against teachers’ leaders who have criticised it as a “distraction” from the pressing problems of helping pupils to catch up on learning lost during the pandemic.
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Pupils Face Total Ban On Mobile Phone Use
— (@ukpapers) June 29, 2021