It would appear that the number of naughty and unruly children in classes has reached an all-time high, forcing many teachers to resort to desperate measures. Following London’s Met Police service rolling out the use of cameras attached to their uniforms last October, the idea is becoming more and more popular, across a variety of public sector environments, including in schools with problem students.
Teachers are ‘fed up’
A proposed new pilot which was recently approved by local education authorities will see at least two secondary schools trialling body worn cameras for three months, to record any disruption in their classes. These cameras will allegedly film only when switched on during an incident, as opposed to filming at all times. It has also been noted that students will receive a verbal warning when the cameras are being turned on.
According to a spokesperson, teachers are fed up of constant levels of disruption preventing them from doing their jobs. The cameras are aimed at tackling these issues and deterring them.
Is the idea ethical?
Many parents have voiced their concerns over the use of cameras in schools. Whilst the wearing of body cameras is legal, provided certain regulations are closely observed (https://www.pinnacleresponse.com/legislation), there are always going to be some concerns when it comes to the filming of minors.
Others have claimed it is an ‘over the top’ reaction to the problem, and won’t solve the issue. However, body cameras have proven to be efficient in other situations requiring deterrents or visual evidence, and those behind the trial are confident the results will be similar in this instance.
How could the trial help?
According to studies, a third of newer teachers don’t see a future in their professions. Whilst a large proportion of these claim their decreasing interest in their role is down to an overwhelming workload, it’s no secret that more and more teachers are changing roles, which is likely to eventually cause a staffing shortage.
By tackling the problem of unruly behaviour in classrooms, it is hoped this may decrease the pressure placed on teachers, and encourage more to remain in the profession long-term.
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