Boarding school Glenalmond College’s discovered mobile phone ban boosts learning – a school is to introduce a permanent ban on mobile phones during the academic day after a trial showed that pupils’ concentration improved and they focused more on their work. Glenalmond College, a 360-pupil boarding school near Perth, became one of the first schools in Scotland to implement a ban at the start of the autumn term in September. The students at the school, where fees for senior pupils are up to £11,500 per term, have to leave their phones in their lockers until the end of lessons with no access even during break times. Those found to be breaking the rules were warned that they would have devices confiscated entirely for 24 hours.
In results that will fuel the debate over banning the use of smartphones in schools, senior staff said that concentration levels and focus on academic work had noticeably increased. Pupils were also benefiting from being more engaged with each other during breaks in the school day rather than using their phones in isolation.
Kilgraston, a Catholic private school for girls in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, which also introduced a ban in September, has reported similar initial results.