Teachers in Scotland will not be handed extra power to search pupils for weapons

The TES is reporting that the education secretary has rejected the recommendation for teachers in Scotland to be handed extra powers to search pupils for weapons.

Teachers in Scotland will not be given extra powers to search students suspected of carrying weapons because this would “radically change” the teacher-pupil relationship.

Education secretary John Swinney made the announcement this afternoon, in a response to the inquiry into the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Aberdeen schoolboy Bailey Gwynne (pictured) in 2015.

Mr Swinney will not take forward a recommendation which could have paved the way for teachers to compel a pupil to be searched, a practice which is possible in England.

Mr Swinney told the Scottish Parliament: “Currently, outside of the prison system, this power is held only by the police [in Scotland]. We would therefore be placing teachers on the same footing as police officers if we were to change the law.”

This would “radically change” the relationship between teacher and pupil, which, he said, was “often fundamental” to changing “challenging behaviour”. Schools and local authorities already had “robust processes in place to address concerns about violence and weapons”, he added.

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