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"Why, then, do I not wholly support the Secretary of State’s cause?"

Kilgraston Headteacher debates mobile phone bans in The Spectator magazine


Compulsory school mobile phone bans are currently the subject of fierce parliamentary debate.

Dorothy MacGinty, Headteacher of Kilgraston – the first UK school to make the move – writes in the current edition of The Spectator magazine, arguing that, while imposition has been a good move, it needs to come from individual schools, not the Government: “Pupils must learn for themselves that there is life beyond their mobile phone. A heavy hand from above is not the way to do this.”

Since introducing on-campus mobile restrictions, in August 2018, Kilgraston has witnessed a sharp improvement in pupils’ attention-span, general concentration, peer interaction and body language: “I would love to be able to present solid evidence that the removal of mobiles directly correlated with improved exam results, but that’s a tricky one to quantify,” comments MacGinty, “As any head teacher will tell you,” she continues, “results ebb and flow. But what we did notice was that subversive screen-checks became increasingly passé, similar to the historical puff behind the bike shed.”

The Spectator’s full article can be read here while yourself considering the debate…

2.9.21

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