Protection of biometric information of children in schools

Departmental advice for schools and sixth-form colleges wishing to use automated biometric recognition systems.



This departmental advice is for:

  • proprietors
  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • sixth-form colleges
  • 16 to 19 academies
  • school and college staff
  • parents
  • pupils

It applies to:

  • sixth-form colleges
  • independent schools
  • maintained schools
  • non-maintained special schools
  • pupil referral units
  • academies and free schools

This advice explains the legal duties schools and sixth-form colleges have if they wish to use biometric information about pupils for the purposes of using automated biometric recognition systems.

The duties on schools in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out in this advice came into effect from 1 September 2013.