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Also can I just say a massive thank you too, Ellie was a bit apprehensive before her first session but when she came home last week she was absolutely buzzing, she loved her time spent there and felt so much happier even after just one session. So thank you, she has been so worried about her exams especially English.
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I was told at school that Harrison had fallen about 2 years behind in reading, writing and spelling. Harrison took to it straight away.  He has made fantastic progress and is meeting all his targets.  He loves the points and prizes that he collects for working so he comes out buzzing after every session!
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We brought him to the centre in Year 6 because he just had no idea about maths.  This year won the ‘Most Improved in Maths’ certificate for his year.  He also came top of his class in 2 out of 3 maths exams.  Coming to here is the best thing we ever did!
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Alex says ” I learned more in three months than my whole time in the maths classroom at school. I went from dreading it to feeling much better about being there.” This Summer he was overjoyed to find that he had gone from a Grade 2 in his mocks up to a Grade 4 (C) pass in his final exam.  
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Mariana brought her daughter to us as she was having a few problems with maths at school.  She liked it so much that now she comes for English as well!  Mariana says that now “She is more confident with math now and she’s coming to I Love to Learn for pleasure.  She is very happy with her teacher, she says she is very kind and patient.”    
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“We also had a parent’s meeting at his school earlier this week.  I am pleased to say that his maths teacher was very impressed with not only his work, but also his attitude toward it.  I can only say that this is because of the wonderful service you and your colleagues have given.  Thank you so much for this.  Ellis is really enjoying his time with you and also seeing how well he is doing and this has resulted in a positive attitude towards learning.” James (parent) 2021
James Hannon
“Joshua got his GCSE results today and I just wanted to let you know how he got on. He got an 8 in English Language and a 7 in English Literature, he has always struggled with English and wouldn’t of been able to achieve these amazing grades without yours and Adam’s help, if you could please let him know how Joshua done. So once again thank you for all the work you did with him.” Emily (parent) 2021
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Why Are They Banning Mobile Phones?

Why Schools are Banning Mobile Phones and What You Need to Know

You might have caught wind of the new guidance from the government in the news or through other parents, but what’s the fuss about?  The guidance says that the government backs headteachers who choose to ban mobile phones from the school premises from Feb 19 2024. Is your headteacher clamping down on phone use, and what does it mean for your child? Let’s break it down.

cluelessFirstly: Why are schools banning mobile phones? Well, it turns out there’s a lot more to it than just a knee-jerk reaction to the latest tech craze. In fact, researchers like Anderson and Jiang have been shedding light on the impact of excessive screen time on children’s mental health.

So, what’s a concerned parent to do? Here’s what you need to know:

Teachers have the authority to confiscate mobile phones in schools from your child, so it is important to be aware of this.  If you child needs a phone for essential communication outside schools, you may need to make an arrangement with the school.  Many schools allow children to drop off their phone at the beginning of the school day at the school office.

1. **Distraction Detox:** One of the primary reasons schools are banning mobile phones is to minimise distractions in the classroom. It’s no secret that a buzzing phone can derail even the most focused student. By limiting phone use during school hours, educators hope to create a more conducive learning environment.

2. **Social Connection vs. Social Media:** Many teachers have noticed that heavy screen use has reduced children’s ability to communicate face to face.  They are reading less and are poorer at explaining and describing.  It has been suggested that children (and adults) are now more use to showing each other images, rather than describing events or ideas.  It is easier to show each other funny memes that tell each other funny jokes.mental health

3. **Digital Detox Benefits:** There is now a great deal of evidence that heavy Social Media use has a negative impact on metal health, especially in girls.  As girls are very socially aware and sensitive to social status, the contstant comparison and perfected images on sites like Instagram can anxiety inducing.  In fact Facebook’s own research showed this! By encouraging students to disconnect during school hours, educators are promoting healthier habits and teaching valuable life skills for managing screen time responsibly.

Haidt, a social psychologist and author, has highlighted the detrimental effects of constant smartphone use on young minds. From increased anxiety and depression to decreased attention spans and social skills, the evidence is mounting against unrestricted phone access for kids.

 

In conclusion, the decision to ban mobile phones in schools isn’t about demonising technology but rather about promoting a healthier relationship with it. By working together with educators and taking proactive steps to manage screen time, we can help our children thrive both in and out of the classroom.

So, the next time you hear about your child’s school implementing a mobile phone ban, remember that it’s not about restricting freedom but about creating a better learning environment for everyone. Let’s embrace the opportunity to disconnect, engage, and prioritise our children’s well-being in this digital age.

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