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On the school beat: police officers based in English schools

On the school beat: police officers based in English schools

Henshall, Amanda (2017) On the school beat: police officers based in English schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39 (5). pp. 593-606. ISSN 0142-5692 (Print), 1465-3346 (Online) (doi:

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Concerns about youth violence and the radicalisation of pupils have contributed to the deployment of onsite police officers in schools in England. Little is known about the work these officers do. This article firstly outlines the policy background that led to police in schools, and then, with a focus on the schools in London that have onsite officers, data obtained from a Freedom of Information request are combined with school characteristics data to show that officers are more likely to be based in schools with high levels of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Foucault’s work on surveillance is explored in theorising police presence on school sites. The relevance of Agamben’s State of Exception is examined in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline in the United States. The article highlights the need for more empirical work in schools to research the impact of onsite police.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Primary Education
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
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