This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. It is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search.
The advice replaces “Screening and Searching of Pupils for Weapons: Guidance for School Staff”. It is aimed at headteachers, school staff and governing bodies in all schools.