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Photography and video recording of pupils

Permission for parents/carers to film or photograph on educational premises

It is accepted that parents/guardians should, under normal circumstances, have reasonable opportunity to take photographs, digital or video-recordings of activities or significant events involving their child/children. Schools will provide reasonable opportunity to parents/guardians such as is consistent with:

  • the safe management of the event or activity
  • health and safety considerations
  • copyright implications
  • welfare of all children or pupils involved

Circumstances involving the taking of photographs or video-recordings

Photographic images are now required for various reasons within schools. These extend to:

  • personal identification and record keeping
  • photography and video-recording for curricular purposes in connection with pupil performance and assessment
  • extra-curricular activities such as concerts, sporting events and community events
  • staff development or training of teachers and other council staff
  • school web-sites
  • school class or group photographs
  • newspaper photography

In all circumstances where pupils or children are likely to be photographed or video-recorded in schools or on Council premises, schools will obtain the prior written permission of parents or carers, and records of such permission will be kept. If prior written permission has not been obtained, pupils will not be photographed or video-recorded.  Parents have the right to withdraw this permission at any time, and should they do so, will be asked to confirm this in writing.  Two years after pictures or videos are taken, they must be deleted by the school.

Activities outwith the school

There are circumstances in which pupils may participate in activities outwith the school where these activities are not under the direct management or control of the school or educational establishment. In these circumstances, control of photography or video-recordings is not possible, and parents who have indicated that they do not wish their child to be photographed or videoed will be advised prior to their child's participation in any such outside event.

Contact details

Schools Division

2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH
Tel 01738 476200