Date lodged: 4 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on the use of mobile phones in school classrooms, and whether it has any plans for a complete ban on personal devices.
Answered by: John Swinney 18 February 2019
Given the prevalence of mobile phone ownership, and the wide ranging potential of mobile phones to support and enhance the learning experience, we have no plans to impose an outright ban at a national level. We urge schools and local authorities to think carefully about how they can best utilise mobile phones to enhance education. However, they are free to make their own decisions about the use of mobile phones in their schools, including imposing a ban if they so choose.