The use of CCTV cameras to assess teaching standards in the classroom is “excessive” and is continuing to rise, according to the NASUWT.
A survey of 7,500 teachers by the NASUWT revealed that nearly one in 10 now have CCTV cameras in their classroom, The Independent reports.
Teachers were initially told that they were to deter bad behaviour and enhance safety, but there are now increasing reports that heads are using them to assess teaching standards and get rid of teachers who they think aren’t performing well enough. Of the teachers who reported having CCTV cameras in their classroom:
- 89% said they could not switch them off
- 88% said the cameras were constantly recording their lessons
- 55% said headteachers were viewing the footage
- 41% said the footage was being used to form negative views of staff
- only 2% said CCTV use supported teaching and learning.
One respondent said: “I have seen senior staff with my head of department looking at footage in the school office. When I asked what my head of department was doing watching a colleague in this way she said she was trying to catch him out.”
“Lab rats have more professional privacy” said NASUWT’s general secretary Chris Keates. “In some cases, teachers have reported having their private conversations filmed when the school was not in session. The stories teachers recounted to us in the survey are a shocking catalogue of professional disrespect and unacceptable intrusion.”
Do you have a CCTV camera in your classroom and if so are you worried about what the footage might be used for?