Schools: Offensive Weapons

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths Conservative, Burton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many weapons were confiscated from pupils in each age group in schools in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education does not collect data on how many weapons have been confiscated from pupils in schools.

The Department has produced and updated advice for schools which makes it clear that school staff can search pupils for their possessions, without consent where there are reasonable grounds to do so. If a pupil refuses to be searched, the school may bar them from the premises. The advice is available online at:

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