Parents support idea of body cameras for teachers - but they are unlikely to appear in Norfolk and Suffolk

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Parents have backed the idea of teachers donning body cameras in the classroom - but they are unlikely to appear in the region anytime soon.

Of the 158 readers we asked, 81pc said they would be happy to see teachers using the body-worn cameras if needed.

On Tuesday, it emerged that two schools in England were set to trial the cameras in a bid to better handle unruly pupils.

As with police officers, they would not constantly record classes, but would be switched on during an incident.

The news proved divisive - with parents, unions and teachers split over whether the cameras would be inappropriate or offer greater safety.


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But, for the region, body cameras appear to be a way off - both Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils said they had not been approached by schools hoping to implement the measure.

Brian Conway, headteacher at Norwich's Notre Dame High School, said he was 'shocked' by the news.

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'There is a place for CCTV in schools to ensure that children are safe, but I think teachers wearing cameras is probably going a bit too far,' he said.

'What is really worrying is the fact that schools feel they need to have these body cameras in the first place.'

Parents were also split over the issue, with one branding the idea 'disgusting' on our Facebook page.

Another, Ian Cooper, posted in support of the idea and said: 'Absolutely yes, we would then see the discipline that they are able to achieve or not.'

Wendy Summerfield said: 'I think every classroom and corridor should have CCTV for the protection of the pupils and the staff.'

Installing CCTV was a suggestion echoed by others, though some parents said strong discipline should mean cameras are not needed.

Gillian Cornell said it could make parents more accountable for their children's behaviour, while Keiron Gray said having cameras might actually encourage pupils to misbehave.

A national survey of teachers found that more than a third of respondents would be willing to wear a body camera in the classroom.

At the end of January, it emerged that body-worn video cameras will be rolled out to frontline officers in Norfolk and Suffolk by June this year.

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