Pippa pulls the rug from underneath those making fantastic claims for the positive effects of using biometrics in schools, quoting Dr Sandra Leaton Gray of Homerton College, Cambridge:
“I have not been able to find a single piece of published research which suggests that the use of biometrics in schools promotes healthy eating or impoves reading skills amongst children. I am concerned that these reasons are being given as a justification for fingerprinting children. There is absolutely no evidence for such claims.”
By the way: if you are concerned about schools taking children’s fingerprints, you can ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 686 on biometric data collection in schools. Carlotta’s MP has just signed up.