Portobello High School is experimenting with having fewer school bells ring throughout the day to help young people ‘feel calm and safe’ - your views online
"There was nothing better than the bell ringing when you were in a class that you hated!”
Portobello High School is experimenting with having fewer school bells ring throughout the day to help young people ‘feel calm and safe’
Surely the routine of having bells etc makes people feel safe? There was nothing better than the bell ringing when you were in a class that you hated!
What a brilliant excuse for all the kids being late to class! Wish I was back at school.
Clairemarie Mcleod Walker
My kid’s primary has done this due to kids with autism spectrum disorder and hyperacusis (noise sensitivity), and it has really helped my child. He doesn't have to wear his ear defenders going into school or coming out any more. These new school bells are really loud. I was at parents day at one point the bell went off and even I had to cover my ears it was so loud that it hurt, so I can only imagine what it was like for my son and other kids with ASD and hyperacusis.
I think this is great. If it's not not necessary, then it shouldn't happen. For children with sensory conditions and hyperacusis the sound can actually cause them pain. Great way for the schools to show inclusion.
Jacqui Carmichael Graham
The kids set the fire alarm bell off at every opportunity!
How about to reduce stress even more, the pupils stay in the same classroom all day and the teachers move around? And while the teachers are moving around, the school plays soft, calming music over the Tannoy system, so no-one panics. Or alternatively, carry on with the usual school procedures that have carried me and millions of other people through the generations!
My high school did this 20 years ago. It worked really well to reduce congestion in the hallways because not everyone was leaving class at exactly the same time. My son's primary school currently doesn't have a bell (it was damaged in a fire) and it's not causing any issues.
Wow. Anything will set these kids off nowadays. Good luck in the real world.
Have you been subjected to bells ringing at school? You may be entitled to compensation. It matters to Digby Brown, personal injury solicitors… Next step, ban the church bells on a Sunday morning! And those ridiculous chimes on the trams…. And ice cream vans while we’re at it.
Brian J Smith
There goes kids learning how to understand time management, as well as how to spell properly etc. Snowflakes winning again.
Who thinks this up? Too much time on their hands.
What's next, ban all traffic next to schools in case a driver toots the horn?
You having a laugh? The generation is getting wrapped in cotton wool every day! Bell at school is a part of school experience.
It's been happening around the world for years. Many schools already do this.
They won't hear them anyway with all the cotton wool wrapped round them these days.
Kids have to learn how to live life and not be wrapped in cotton wool. I have a son with autism who has sensory needs, but we have to teach them these things matter in school and work him through it.
I loved hearing the bell at the end of the last period in the afternoon or at the end of "double maths".
School kids, like most of the rest of us, have had a torrid last 18 months, but this is just another example of an answer to a problem that has never been a problem. I don’t blame the kids, but future generations will be terrified of everything.
My son's school already do this. It's such a good idea.
Perhaps they could teach their kids fundamentals, like respect. The rubbish around that park now is disgusting, the anti-social behaviour is disgusting. The usual school line is, if it doesn't happen on school grounds, we can't do anything.
Does that include the one telling you break/lunch is over? How many times "aw sorry miss, I never heard the bell" will it take for them to change it back?
It 's a school bell, not a fire alarm! Why would students stress over it?
Graeme Lofty Stewart
Use flashing lights, which deaf schools use - calming and effective.