Boosting ‘schools-based officers’ in Manchester and elsewhere will only harm students – particularly those who are black
During the pandemic, alongside the work of planning and delivering lessons in school and online, many teachers have been organising to build an anti-racist education system in which police have no place.
The racist nature of policing and the criminal justice system extends to the UK’s schools, where black students are more likely to be excluded from school, receive under-predicted grades and be targeted by punitive behavioural and uniform policies. For years, “school-based police officers” have harmonised policing and education and posed a significant risk to black students. Their duties include dealing with pupil behaviour, advising on policies and patrolling the school site.