London Times
Greg Hurst

Schools are set to to be given further powers to search pupils for drugs, alcohol and stolen goods to help head teachers to enforce discipline among the most disruptive students.

Ed Balls, the Children’s Secretary, wrote yesterday to Sir Alan Steers, the head of a review of behaviour in schools, asking for advice on how such powers could be introduced most effectively. Head teachers are already able to search pupils for guns or knives under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, which also allows them to make random searches or to install walk-through metal detectors.

Sir Alan’s initial review proposals included a requirement that all state schools should take a share of disruptive pupils and if they expel students they should accept others who have been excluded from neighbouring schools on a “one out, one in” basis.

Mr Balls also yesterday attacked as “wrongheaded” the call by the National Union of Teachers to campaign against military recruitment by the Armed Forces in schools.

Comments from

This is Fascism, children are being indoctrinated to obey the state, remember the brown shirts in nazi Germany. They say that those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
– Arthur Guy, Gloucester

Throwing more discipline, searches, etc at these problems ignores the real core issues that are causing them, which is often the fact that parents are unable to help their children with schoolwork and be there for them since the corporate economy is working them to death. I am afraid searches and so on as well only weakens children morally and ethically, since it is teaching them they cannot expect and have no privacy. Children becoming adults who willingly give up their rights and kneel before whatever tyrannical violation of their privacy which comes along…
– D. Smith, Atlanta, GA, US