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PUBLISHED: 11:02 02 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:33 03 July 2010

The last thing children would want to find when they come home from a hard day at school is a teacher in their front room.

But thanks to an innovative scheme at one Norfolk school, youngsters will soon be able to view their teachers and classroom from the comfort of home.

The last thing children would want to find when they come home from a hard day at school is a teacher in their front room.

But thanks to an innovative scheme at one Norfolk school, youngsters will soon be able to view their teachers and classroom from the comfort of home.

From next year classes at Peterhouse Primary School, Gorleston, will be filmed by cameras so children aged up to 11 can then watch them at home on a computer to help them study and make sure they understood everything.

In a first of its kind for the county, the classroom cameras will film teachers giving lessons from the 2010 autumn term and then certain classes will be put up on a secure school website.

Headteacher Martin Scott has assured parents that no children will be filmed by the cameras and only pupils and their parents can access footage.

The camera scheme, which will also see teachers wear microphones, is part of a £3.4m revamp of Peterhouse which also includes a new IT room and 30 micro lap tops for every class room.

All new school buildings in Norfolk will have the ability to install the cameras but Peterhouse is the only one in the county to say it wants to go ahead and set them up.

Mr Scott said: “The cameras will be there and they will be recording teachers delivering their lessons. I think they will be very helpful as it will help pupils with their studies as they dip into lessons on our website.”

He also said he was sure none of his pupils would take advantage of the cameras by being lax in the classroom as that sort of behaviour was more associated with secondary school pupils.

Mr Scott added that the teachers' microphones would have the added bonus of staff not having to raise their voices to make sure they are being heard.

The major work at Peterhouse has been triggered by the reorganisation of middle and first schools and is the first stage of Norfolk County Council's 15 year plan to transform primary schools.

Council spokesman Steve Reilly said that all new builds at Norfolk schools would have a high level of IT facilities, including the ability to install camera ports.

Mr Reilly said: “As far as we are aware no other school, apart from Peterhouse Primary, has requested for cameras to be installed.”


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