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Pupils may face ban on phones in classroom

By David Wilcock

Published 14/09/2015

It is feared that smartphones may be causing children to become distracted in the classroom
It is feared that smartphones may be causing children to become distracted in the classroom

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices like tablets could be banned from the classroom over fears they cause too much disruption to lessons.

Behaviour expert Tom Bennett is to look into the impact of devices used by pupils under an expansion of his investigation into how to train teachers to tackle poor behaviour, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said.

It follows concerns raised by the schools inspectorate Ofsted over secondary-aged pupils using their phones at school.

Mr Bennett commented: "Technology is transforming society and even classrooms - but all too often we hear of lessons being disrupted by the temptation of the smartphone.

"Learning is hard work and children are all too aware of this. So when they have a smartphone in their pocket that offers instant entertainment and reward, they can be easily distracted from their work."

The Government said that GCSE results at the Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent had almost doubled since the school banned smartphones in 2013.

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