The use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in schools and colleges has increased rapidly in recent years. While the use of such surveillance may be perceived as a positive measure to help prevent vandalism and enhance security, CCTV cameras can also lead to a climate of paranoia among education staff. This guidance outlines the obligations on schools when operating CCTV systems and applies across the UK.
ATL acknowledges that CCTV is now an established part of the education world and that, as the available technology develops, so will its usage in schools. ATL takes a balanced, reasoned approach to the use of surveillance CCTV in schools across the UK, with the expectation that those who introduce it and foster its application will always consider proportionality in its deployment and use.