Teachers Begin Wearing Body Cameras to Film Troublemakers in School

Body cameras such as those used by the police are being used in at least two comprehensive schools in England, one of which has a history of pupils with behavioural problems (JACK TAYLOR / GETTY)
Body cameras such as those used by the police are being used in at least two comprehensive schools in England, one of which has a history of pupils with behavioural problems (JACK TAYLOR / GETTY)

Teachers in schools are using police-style body cameras to record misbehaving pupils.

The cameras are used in at least two comprehensive schools in England, one of which has a history of pupils with behavioural problems, and have been approved by local education authorities, The Times understands.

Teachers turn on the cameras during incidents in the classroom to tackle “constant low-level disruption”, the cameras’ manufacturer said. They give verbal notice before starting to record, according to Tom Ellis, a lecturer at Portsmouth University.

The cameras film continuously, but encrypted footage is only saved once the teacher hits the record button, at which point pupils can see the live footage on an outward-facing screen.

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SOURCE: Mark Bridge
The Times