Mobile Phones

Revised September 2004 / Reviewed December 2010

RATIONALE

The growth of communication technology has meant that many of our pupils own a mobile phone.  Many parents wish their child to have their mobile phone with them each day in case of emergencies and for safety.  The need to use a mobile phone should only be necessary outwith school hours as there are public phones available in the school for pupil use.  Parents who wish to contact their child can do so by contacting the school on 01360 440469.

The vast majority of pupils who are bringing mobile phones to school are sensible and keep them in their bags and do not use them during the school day.  However, when phones are left switched on and calls or texts are received this can disrupt learning and teaching.

There may be a temptation to use a mobile phone during a test or examination to recall facts or store information

There is also a growing concern about mobile ‘camera’ phones. Photos or video taken without someone’s permission could have safety and security implications.  Photographs taken could be abused and could constitute a breach of a person’s civil liberties.

AIMS

  • To avoid disruption to learning and teaching
  • To give parents the reassurance that their child is able to contact home outwith school hours

PRACTICE

  • Mobile phones should not be used at any time during the school day, and should be switched off whilst on the school campus.  Signs will be posted throughout the school indicating that mobile phones should be switched off at all times.
  • Mobile phones are not allowed in prelim or SQA examinations and should be left at home or handed over at the beginning of an examination.  The phone will be returned at the end of the examination.
  • Anyone who is using a phone or has a phone which causes a disruption to teaching and learning will have the phone confiscated.
  • Anyone who wants to make an essential call should use the payphone provided.  Mobile phones should only be used for an essential call if permission has been given by a member of staff.
  • Any pupil who has had an item confiscated (e.g. mobile phone, mini disc player) should collect the item at the end of the day from the promoted member of staff who has been given the item for safe keeping.
  • Any member of staff who has concerns about the use or confiscation of a mobile should report this to their Principal Teacher (Teaching and Learning/ Pastoral Care) or Depute Headteacher or Headteacher.

NOTE

  • iPods are allowed, but only if the responsible teacher has allowed the pupils to do so. Some pupils find it easier to concentrate with music, thus MP3s and iPods are allowed.
  • iPods may not be used in any exams or tests, as they could store information.

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