Schools to make teacher body cams permanent to blitz bad behaviour

Three secondary schools in England are piloting the use of body-worn cameras for teachers to tackle bad behaviour, with two already vowing to deploy them in the long term, Schools Week is reporting.

Southfields Academy in south-west London, together with a further two unidentified schools, are deploying the surveillance technology amidst its growing use within the public sector.

At Southfields, four teachers across different parts of the school have been wearing the cameras since September. Deputy headteacher Larry Davis believes their presence has helped to “de-escalate” confrontations now that pupils realise their actions are going to be captured on film if they don’t stop the inappropriate behaviour.

Body-worn cameras are already embedded within policing and in prisons and are increasingly being used within the NHS.

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Comments

  1. Jane Eades

    Wearing body cameras in prisons or in the NHS is completely different from wearing them in schools. Is this an admission by the head teachers in these schools that they are not in control and that the teachers are not coping? I would also worry about any roll out of this lunacy – would it be used to control teachers as well as pupils?

    This seems to me to be a result of the intense focus on league tables and the drive to improve exam results at the expense of children’s education, leading to the rejection of so many. It is also, perhaps, another result of the disillusion of so many experienced teachers who are leaving.

    Whatever the reasons behind the decision, it is an admission of failure by the headteacher and the senior staff.

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