Dear Parent / Carer
The previous Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said:
“Mobile phones are not just distracting, but when misused or overused, they can have a damaging effect on a pupil’s mental health and wellbeing. I want to put an end to this, making the school day mobile-free. In order for us to help pupils overcome the challenges from the pandemic and level up opportunity for all young people, we need to ensure they can benefit from calm classrooms which support them to thrive.”
Moseley School and Sixth Form’s mobile phone policy is in line with the above guidance from the Department of Education
We know that many parents like their children to have phones for safety when travelling to and from school and for use for purchasing items or using the bus. However, once in school they must be turned off and safely stored in bags.
If parents need to get touch with their child, please telephone main reception who will ensure a message is relayed. Likewise our students can request a call is made to parents from Reception or their Year Team office if required.
If mobile phones are seen during the school day our policy for staff is:
- Confiscate the item if seen out in school
- Log a 30 minute detention on Edulink – ‘Respect – mobile phone use’
- Hand the phone to the staff member requesting their phone
- The Year Pastoral Manager will return the phone at the end of the detention
- Repeat offenders will need parents to collect from the year team at a meeting to discuss ongoing concerns. This may mean that the phone is confiscated for more than one day and will only be returned to a parent or guardian.
- For continued repeat offenders, students will need to hand their phones in with year offices in the morning with meetings arranged with the Senior Team to discuss further sanctions as required (obviously we would rather avoid getting to this stage).
Ear phones / AirPods / EarPods
None of these devices can be used without being connected to a mobile phone, which should not be used on the school site. Therefore if seen these will also be confiscated following the same pattern as a mobile phone.
I thank you in advance for supporting us at Moseley School in preparing your child in the best way possible for their future lives. I ask that you support school staff when sanctions are given and when children get it wrong, and follow up on any praise we inform of, as their success depends on all of us working together for their benefit.
With very best wishes and thanks for your support,
Mr A Bate