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Pupils should be banned from taking smartphones into school, the minister for school standards in England has told the BBC

Nick Gibb spoke out ahead of the government publishing new guidance for schools, expected to address internet safety, social media and online gaming.

It is expected to say children should be taught to limit the amount of time they spend online.

Schools have the power to ban phones from being taken on to the premises.

But government policy is that it is the responsibility of head teachers to determine whether this is appropriate

The trade union that represents head teachers has expressed its scepticism about outright bans.

But Mr Gibb said: "Many schools have already taken the decision to ban mobile phones from the classroom.

"While this is clearly a matter for the head teacher, my own view is that schools should ban their pupils from bringing smartphones into school or the classroom."

Katie Ivens, of the Campaign for Real Education, said she supported a classroom ban but that pupils should be allowed to carry phones to and from school for safety.

What is known as "relationships education" is to become compulsory from September 2020, with schools being encouraged to teach it from September of this year.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47095053

Tes Independent School Awards celebrate innovation

From an occupational therapy café to an intergenerational sports day, the Tes Independent School Awards 2019 showcased best of the private sector.

Bolton School claimed the independent school of the year award for not only its academic achievements but also what the judges commended as an “impressive” array of outreach activities.

Tes Independent School Awards 2019: The winners

  • Independent school of the year: Bolton School, Greater Manchester
  • Senior school of the year: Bolton School, Greater Manchester
  • Pre-prep/prep school of the year: St Faith’s, Cambridgeshire
  • Boarding school of the year: Cottesmore School, West Sussex
  • Sports award: Surbiton High School, London
  • Marketing campaign of the year: Woldingham School, Surrey
  • Wellbeing initiative of the year: Reigate Grammar School, Surrey
  • Independent-state school partnership: Lichfield Cathedral School, Staffordshire
  • Special services to independent education award: John Weitzel, Loughborough Grammar School
  • Best use of technology award: Aberdour School, Surrey
  • Senior leadership team of the year: The Holmewood School, London
  • International school of the year: Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
  • Whole school community initiative of the year: Norwich School
  • Strategic education initiative of the year: Sandroyd, Wiltshire
  • Creativity award: Wilds Lodge, Rutland
  • Special needs initiative of the year: The Holmewood School, London

Read more at: https://www.tes.com/news/tes-independent-school-awards-celebrate-innovation