Students in the UK could be banned from having mobile phones in classrooms as part of an initiative by Ofsted to try and improve discipline in schools.

Chief inspector of the education watchdog Sir Michael Wilshaw said disruption during lesson times can be traced to the use of mobile phones.

Under the proposed reforms, schools risk being marked down for failing to tackle the constant disruptions.

In an interview with the Daily Mail yesterday (May 9th), the former headmaster of the Mossbourne Academy in Hackney said the inspection regime would be much tougher from next term.

Ofsted recently suggested that six in ten secondary schools are currently underperforming and Sir Michael hopes this ban could go some way to correcting this.

“If the culture of the school is good and somebody is consistently underperforming because they are not teaching effectively, leading to that low-level disruption, that’s got to be picked up,” he continued.

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