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…
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