(THE GUARDIAN) — At the London Acorn School, which is housed in a picturesque listed building owned by the National Trust and set in beautiful parkland in Morden, there are no smartphones, no iPads, no expensive ICT suites, interactive whiteboards or television screens.
What’s more, parents who enrol their children have to commit to the same strict regime at home, with no television, computers or films, either during term-time or holiday.
The school is appealing to parents concerned about the impact of screens and new technology on their children 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.
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When the Guardian visits the London Acorn School on a perfect late September morning, there’s a group going out on a nature walk; a birthday party is going on in the kindergarten with a celebratory carrot cake, and in the class one woodwork room – there are just two of them – children are working on their latest projects.