London Telegraph 
Monday, Aug 18, 2008
Almost a quarter of teachers are worried about “hidden” surveillance cameras in their schools, according to research published by a teachers union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
The survey of nearly 250 primary and secondary school teachers found that 84.6 per cent have closed-circuit television (CCTV) in their school and although more than half said it made them feel safer, 23.4 per cent were concerned about cameras hidden in school buildings.
The teachers’ are worried that the cameras amount to an invasion of privacy and can also be a distraction to education.
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Nearly all those questioned , 97.6 per cent, said CCTV was primarily used for security purposes, and half said it was used for monitoring pupil behaviour and 72 per cent said it was used to monitor and control vandalism.
However, nearly two thirds said they did not know what security measures their school had for CCTV cameras – in terms of storing the data and restricting its use and half of teachers admitted would behave differently if they knew that CCTV was operating in classroom they were teaching in.
Only 27 per cent of teachers said they thought pupils’ behaviour changed in the presence of cameras.