CCTV cameras in classrooms an “unacceptable intrusion”

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?

4 thoughts on “CCTV cameras in classrooms an “unacceptable intrusion”

  1. OK , let’s have CCTV cameras in the Head’s office too ! Then , the teachers and pupils can watch what he/she gets up to !

  2. E.P.Aliferis
    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:16 am
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    OK , let’s have CCTV cameras in the Head’s office too ! Then , the teachers and pupils can watch what he/she gets up to !

  3. I totally agree that they are an intrusion in the classroom and, moreover, a violation of students’ and teachers’ human rights and privacy! We had them at one of my language centres where I taught in Malaysia, and it made me feel uncomfortable, and that I was being treated like a criminal and not a teacher! If they can’t trust me to teach, then why did they hire me? Moreover, they are likely to make students nervous and uncomfortable, specially in language classes where students have to practise speaking and are likely to make mistakes. Most students don’t like any video in a lesson, except maybe some special event like a presentation or drama.

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