‘Pupils at London Acorn School are banned from using smartphones and computers and watching TV at all times, including during holidays’ writes the education correspondent of The Guardian, Sally Weale.

Acorn School, with annual fees of up to £11,000, is making a stand and banning all technology in the classroom and is even asking parents to ban the same technology in their homes. They are  a school that can definitely afford technology in the classroom, but by banning its use, they are making a statement that is being picked up by major publications around the world.

The Guardian writes that ‘The school is appealing to parents concerned about the impact of screens and new technology on their children, and who are choosing a new brand of “lo-tech/no-tech” education, which bans computers, the internet, TV, and films – both in class and at home’.

The school opened in 2013, has 42 pupils and is “against all forms of electronics for small children, and only gradual integration towards it in adolescence. That includes the internet. In choosing this school, you have undertaken to support that view, no matter what you may feel personally.”

The Telegraph reports that ‘Andrew Thorne, chair of the board of directors at Acorn School, which took its inspiration on the ban of technology from a school with the same name in Gloucestershire, said: “The purpose

[of the ban on technology] is to allow children space to grow. So instead of turning them into consumers of technology and television, they have to learn to create their own activities’.

“It is about encouraging creativity so that the children are active creators rather than passive consumers.”

Combine this with the recent report we covered from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development stating that ‘investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance’ and it makes for interesting reading. Can we expect that, amongst all the pushes to get tech into schools, we will see a backlash in Junior schools?


-You can read the Guardian’s full article here.