The government have announced that mobile phones are set to be banned in schools across England.

This comes as part of the Government’s plan to minimise disruption and improve behaviour in classrooms.

New guidance issued today, Monday, February 19,2024, backs head teachers in prohibiting the use of mobile phones throughout the school day, including at break times. 

The government have said that schools around the country are already stopping mobile phone use with great results.

This guidance will ensure there is a consistent approach across all schools.

According to Ofcom, By the age of 12, 97% of children have their own mobile phone, which the government says can lead to online bullying and classroom disruption – resulting in lost learning time. 

Schools will be supported to prohibit mobile phone use with examples including:

  • banning phones from the school premises
  • handing in phones on arrival at school
  • keeping phones securely locked away at school

Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, said: “Schools are places for children to learn and mobile phones are, at a minimum, an unwanted distraction in the classroom.

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 “We are giving our hard-working teachers the tools to take action to help improve behaviour and to allow them to do what they do best – teach.”

The government have added that this guidance will respond to concerns from parents about mobile phones.

The latest data from ParentKind’s National Parent Survey, revealing that 44% of parents are concerned about the amount of time their children spend on electronic devices.

Technology Secretary, Michelle Donelan, added: “Growing up in today’s digital world provides immense opportunities but this should not come at the expense of our children’s wellbeing or education.

“That is why we have passed world leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world for young people to be online.

“Today’s announcement will support parents and educators further, helping give the next generation the best chance to realise their potential.”