UK schools trial body cameras in the classroom

Two schools are trialling a new tactic to keep bad behaviour to a minimum in the classroom. 

Teachers in two UK schools have taken to wearing small cameras, similar to those worn by police, to reduce “persistant, low level disturbances”.

The cameras are operated according to government-approved guidelines and are only turned on when an incident occurs. 

Students are warned when the cameras are being turned on and all cameras are forward-facing so all students are aware of what is being filmed. 

It is hoped that the approach will help teachers crack down on disruptive behaviour in the classroom and help secure the safety of themselves and other students. 

Footage from the cameras can be used to provide evidence for disciplinary actions but it can also be used as a way to show students who may not be fully aware of the effects their behaviour can cause. 

It can be shared with parents so they can work with teachers to come up with ways to improve behaviour. 

Tom Ellis, principal lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth, has been researching the subject and finds that there is a substantial amount of support for the idea. 

It is thought that these cameras give more control to teachers in difficult situations by limiting bad behaviour and instilling a sense of trust between the school and parents. 

It is also thought that live footage of incidents can significantly reduce the amount of time teachers spend resolving issues and ultimately allows them more time to teach.

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