The phone-free, 12-hour school-day experiment – podcast

The phone-free, 12-hour school-day experiment – podcast

From the isolating impact of the Covid pandemic, to austerity and the price of dwelling disaster, faculties are on the entrance line of the issues going through the communities that encompass them. And on high of these challenges lately worries have been going of the impact that cell phones and social media are having on the psychological well being of pupils. Now, one college has determined to take drastic motion.

For the final seven weeks, All Saints Catholic faculty in Ladbroke Grove has been opening its doorways to youngsters from 7am to 7pm. It’s a part of a pilot scheme working for 10 weeks with the goal of addressing among the issues academics have seen develop over the previous few years. The varsity is within the shadow of Grenfell Tower, many youngsters are eligible without cost college meals – and it’s thriving. Now it desires to assist mother and father guarantee their youngsters do their homework, play video games and socialise head to head.

However is holding youngsters in class for even longer actually one of the simplest ways ahead? And the way do the greater than 100 youngsters really feel about making clay pots as an alternative of scrolling? Helen Pidd and Courtney Yusuf spend 12 hours there to seek out out.

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