01/04/2010 08:57 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Children Given IPhones To Spy On Teachers

A teachers' union has claimed that schoolchildren are being given iPhones in order to spy on teachers in their lessons.

An unnamed school in Kent apparently gave children the gadgets so they could monitor their teachers' performance and pass on judgements to senior school staff.

The Telegraph says this was part of a "quality assurance" programme set up to see whether the school was working effectively.

The allegations were made at the annual conference of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

The Telegraph reports that John Rivers, a secondary school teacher, told delegates: "There is a school in Kent brought to my attention by members where students are using school-issued iPhones to record their feelings during lessons."

The pupils, around 10 of them, were then asked to email their comments about their teachers to a central database.

"There is an element of feeling that you are always being watched," said Rivers.

"I have no problem, generally, in asking pupils about how they felt about my lesson, it is just that I believe there should be clear guidance on how these observations should be conducted and reported."

Members at the conference backed a motion asking that the union should issue clear guidance on how lessons should be observed.

Apparently school inspectors are increasingly wanting to know pupils' views when they are judging a school and its teachers.

This is surely no bad thing - after all, the children are at the sharp end and generally know which of their teachers are any good.

It does make you wonder, though, how pupils are supposed to have any respect for their teachers when they're being asked to spy on some of them by their colleagues.

What do you think? Is it acceptable to get pupils to carry out surveillance on their teachers?

Source: Daily Telegraph