Mobile phones in schools, government guidance

Mobile phones in schools, Government guidance

The Government published its guidance for schools on mobile phones in February 2024. Schools will of course already have a policy on this, though the guidance may develop some consistency between schools as a result.

We should remind ourselves some two years ago Ms Katharine Birbalsingh, then Chair of the Social Mobility Commission  stated in the Guardian article

Katharine Birbalsingh told the Association of School and College Leaders annual conference: “If we genuinely want things to be fairer, and we want our disadvantaged children to be socially mobile, the best thing I can do for them is getting them not to have a smartphone.”

So which phone to buy? The Guardian, Mumsnet, Uswitch and PC mag have advice (LINK). Most mobile phone use of course takes place out of school, making it a parenting matter and of  significance for separated parents. Some separated couples, able to reach an agreed approach by negotiation, are lucky. Without a family agreement, different rules about the use of the mobile phones in each parent’s homes can become an unnecessary source of friction between parents and parents and child. Premier Education have issued some excellent guidance for parents.

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