We went round school and asked classes of students from Ks3 and 2 of our year managers what their thoughts were on the phone ban and the effect it has had in lessons.
Y7 - They thought the ban on phone has had a positive effect with all saying yes and the reason quoted ‘’, so in class you can’t play on it and you can concentrate more in class. ’Pupils of Mrs Harris.
Y8 - Most pupils had a positive thought on the phone ban however about 12% of Mrs Scott’s class thought that it was negative because they thought “that you can’t research or check the time in class.” but the positive outlook was that “people came in to class with head phones and playing games on their phones but now they learn quite a bit more than they used to.”
Y9 – All of these students had an opinion of positive review they all thought it was good because “nobody plays games in class anymore and nobody even dares to listen to music.” Mrs Pratt’s class.
Mr Horsley – Yes I think that removing this element from the class room management has made a huge positive impact on the learning environment.it has taken away any grey areas for both staff and students.
Miss Evans-I feel it has improved their learning as they have one less distraction and it reduces contact on social media which in turn reduces social/emotional upset. If this is read at break there is more staff to help.
As a school Farringdon understands that students need their phones to feel safe and to keep in touch but at the same time they need to know the right time to use them and when its disrupting education the answer in NO!