Edge Hill Junior School
Mobile Phone Policy
Introduction and Aims
At Edge Hill Junior School the welfare and well-being of our pupils is paramount. The aim of the Mobile Phone Policy is to allow users to benefit from modern communication technologies, whilst promoting safe and appropriate practice through establishing clear and robust acceptable mobile user guidelines. This is achieved through balancing protection against potential misuse with the recognition that mobile phones are effective communication tools.
It is recognised that it is the enhanced functions of many mobile phones that cause the most concern, offering distractions and disruption to the working day, and which are most susceptible to misuse - including the taking and distribution of indecent images, exploitation and bullying. However as it is difficult to detect specific usage, this policy refers to ALL mobile communication devices.
This policy applies to all individuals who have access to personal mobile phones on site. This includes staff, volunteers, governors, children, young people, parents, carers, visitors and contractors. This list is not exhaustive. This policy should also be read in relation to the following documentation:
Safeguarding Children Policy
Guidance on the Use of Photographic Images and Videos of Children in
Code of conduct
A code of conduct is promoted with the aim of creating a cooperative workforce, where staff work as a team, have high values and respect each other; thus creating a strong morale and sense of commitment leading to increased productivity.
Our aim is therefore that all practitioners:
have a clear understanding of what constitutes misuse.
know how to minimise risk.
avoid putting themselves into compromising situations which could be
misinterpreted and lead to possible allegations.
understand the need for professional boundaries and clear guidance regarding acceptable use.
are responsible for self-moderation of their own behaviours.
are aware of the importance of reporting concerns promptly.
It is fully recognised that imposing rigid regulations on the actions of others can be
counterproductive. An agreement of trust is therefore promoted regarding the
carrying and use of mobile phones within the setting, which is agreed to by all users:
Personal Mobiles - Staff
Staff are not permitted to make/receive calls/texts during contact time with children. Emergency contact should be made via the school office.
Staff should have their phones on silent or switched off and out of sight (e.g. in a drawer, handbag or pocket) during class time.
Mobile phones should not be used in a space where children are present (eg.
Use of phones (inc. receiving/sending texts and emails) should be limited to
non-contact time when no children are present e.g. in office areas, staff room, empty classrooms.
It is also advised that staff security protect access to functions of their phone.
Should there be exceptional circumstances (e.g. acutely sick relative), then
staff should make the Headteacher aware of this and can have their phone in case of having to receive an emergency call.
Staff are not at any time permitted to use recording equipment on their mobile phones, for example: to take recordings of children, or sharing images.
Legitimate recordings and photographs should be captured using school equipment such as cameras and ipads.
Staff should report any usage of mobile devices that causes them concern to
Mobile Phones for work related purposes
We recognise that mobile phones provide a useful means of communication on offsite
activities. However staff should ensure that:
Mobile use on these occasions is appropriate and professional (and will never
include taking photographs of children).
Mobile phones should not be used to make contact with parents during school
trips – all relevant communications should be made via the school office.
Where parents are accompanying trip’s they are informed not to make contact with other parents (via calls, text, email or social networking) during the trip or use their phone to take photographs of children.
Personal Mobiles - Pupils
We recognise that mobile phones are part of everyday life for many children and that
they can play an important role in helping pupils to feel safe and secure. However we
also recognise that they can prove a distraction in school and can provide a means
of bullying or intimidating others. Therefore:
Pupils are not permitted to have mobile phones at school or on trips
If in the rare event of a parent wishing for his/her child to bring a mobile phone to school to contact the parent after school:
the parent must discuss the issue first with their child’s teacher.
the phone must be handed in, switched off, to the office first thing in
the morning and collected from them by the child at home time (the
phone is left at the owner’s own risk).
Mobile phones brought to school without permission will be confiscated and
returned at the end of the day.
Where mobile phones are used in or out of school to bully or intimidate others,
then the head teacher does have the power to intervene ‘to such an extent as it is
reasonable to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off the school site’ - refer to Anti-Bullying Policy.
Volunteers, Visitors, Governors and Contractors
All Volunteers, Visitors, Governors and Contractors are expected to follow our mobile phone policy as it relates to staff whilst on the premises. On arrival, such visitors will be informed of our expectations around the use of mobile phones.
Parents are requested not to use their mobile phones while in school. Phones should be on silent and out of sight.
We do however allow parents to photograph or video school events such as shows or sports days using their mobile phones – but insist that parents do not publish images
(e.g. on social networking sites) that include any children other than their own.
Please refer to Guidance on the Use of Photographic Images and Videos of Children
The mobile phone policy will be shared with staff and volunteers as part of their
induction. It will also be available to parents via the school office and website.
To be reviewed January 2019