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Schools are becoming "Orwellian" societies where CCTV cameras in classrooms monitor pupil behaviour and staff performance, teachers will warn today.
They are relying on "Big Brother-style" tactics to crack down on assaults on staff and fellow children, it is claimed.
Many of the Government's semi-independent academies have installed cameras and two-way mirrors to let senior staff monitor pupils, they say.
But the 160,000-strong Association of Teachers and Lecturers fears that the systems are being used by heads to monitor staff performance, putting teachers' ability to work independently at risk.
Speaking at the ATL's annual conference in Torquay, Julia Neal, the union's president, said the shift was symptomatic of the "current reality of over-measured, over-monitored education".
She also criticised the increasing use of league tables and examination targets which, she said, stifled teachers' ability to work and undermined pupils' learning.
"Teachers will talk about surveillance cameras in classrooms, about over-zealous observation of their teaching," she said. "We will hear about teachers delivering a prescriptive curriculum and teaching to the tests in order to secure a good place in the league tables for their school.