Study : Banning Smartphone In School Could Improve Children’s Test Scores

Updated: May 18, 2015
Study : Banning Smartphone In School Could Improve Children's Test Scores

Study – Schools that ban students from carrying Smartphones see a clear improvement in their test scores, according to a study by the London School of Economics.

Data derived from this study focused on schools in four different cities in England and saw a 6% increase in test scores for those which implemented the ‘no mobile phones rule.’

It also highlights high improvement rates for those who are low-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds.

Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, co-authors of the report backed their findings and said mobile phones cause distractions to pupils, reduce their productivity at home and in school and are overall detrimental to the learning experience.

In a joint statement, they both said, “We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low income students gained the most.”

“We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days.”

Secondary schools hosting pupils between the ages of 11-16 in Birmingham, Leicester, London and Manchester were tested before the introduction of the ban and then compared with results after the ban was implemented.

Teachers in the UK have had the legal right to take possession of student phones and other belongings since 2007 despite there being no official government policy on the matter.

“The results suggest that low achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy,” the study says.

“Schools could significantly reduce the education gap by prohibiting mobile phone use, and so by allowing phones, New York may unintentionally increase the inequalities of outcomes.”