GAVIN Williamson has called for mobile phones to be banned in classrooms as he orders a clampdown on unruly pupils.
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And the out-of- control behaviour was turning many school playgrounds into a jungle, he claimed.
Backing heads who banished mobiles, he said: behaviour and discipline were the cornerstone of any successful school.
He added: “I will always support schools taking action to tackle the scourge of ever-present mobile phones.
“I know the positive impact it will have on students’ wellbeing and attainment.”
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The cash is creating a behaviour hub in which 22 leading heads mentor struggling schools blighted by unruly behaviour.
A consultation on how schools can ban mobiles from classrooms is being launched later this year.
The NASUWT teachers’ union backed the crackdown, saying: “Teachers cannot teach and pupils cannot learn without good order and discipline.”