UK schools trial police-style body cameras for teachers

To combat disorderly students, two secondary schools in the UK have started trialling staff-worn body cameras. Teachers will use the equipment to record specific incidents, such as a “perceived threat to a member of staff or pupil,” according to Tom Ellis, a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and a former Home Office researcher. The identity of the schools is, for now, a mystery, to avoid unwanted interference during the trial. The cameras won’t be recording at all times either — similar to the police, it will be up to…

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Two UK schools are testing body cameras for teachers in the classroom

Two schools in the UK are testing the use of body cameras worn by teachers in order to deter bad behavior in the classroom. The move is part of an “unstoppable” trend for the adoption of this technology, says criminal justice researcher Tom Ellis, who revealed the existence of the three-month trials in a report for The Conversation. According to Ellis, the cameras are optional, only turned on when it is “legitimate, proportionate, and necessary,” and are intended to help teachers resolve conflicts and reduce low-level disturbances. “The cameras are…

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Use of body cameras in schools ‘risks turning students into suspects’

The school behaviour tsar has warned against the introduction of body cameras for teachers in mainstream classrooms, saying that it risks turning students into suspects. Tom Bennett, a teacher, was responding to reports that a three-month pilot scheme is taking place in two secondary schools to test the use of body cameras as a way of helping teachers to tackle low-level disorder in classrooms. The government’s adviser on classroom discipline said: “I’d be very cautious about introducing bodycams into mainstream classrooms. There are possibly situations where they might be appropriate…

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