Guidance

Searching, screening and confiscation at school

Guidance explaining the powers schools have to screen and search pupils, and to confiscate items they find.

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This is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
  • non-maintained special schools (for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)

The guidance covers:

  • powers to search without consent
  • prohibited items schools can search for
  • powers to confiscate items found during searches