No Police in Schools is a community campaign led by Kids of Colour and the Northern Police Monitoring Project.
We are united by our shared concern over the increasing presence of police in schools in Greater Manchester and beyond. We are parents, teachers, young people, youth workers, community members, academics, and activists, and we believe that there should be No Police in Schools.
Across 2019 - the issue of police in schools was raised several times, particularly by young people, at our community events
February 2020 - a response to a Freedom of Information request reveals that Greater Manchester Police plan to put 20 additional police in schools for the 2020/2021 academic year
March 2020 - Kids of Colour and NPMP host well-attended community meeting on police in schools
March 2020 - We sent an open letter detailing our concerns about police in schools to Andy Burnham, as Mayor of Greater Manchester. The letter was signed by 400 people
June 2020 - We formalise our partnership with the National Education Union’s North West Black Members Organising Forum, holding a meeting with over 80 teachers on No Police In Schools
August 2020 - University of Manchester UCU pass ‘no police in schools’ motion
October 2020 - National Education Union Manchester branch becomes first union district to pass ‘no police in schools’ motion
November 2020 - National Education Union Oldham becomes second union district to pass ‘no police in schools’ motion
December 2020 - National Education Unions Trafford becomes third union district to pass ‘no police in schools’ motion
April 2021 - Manchester Momentum and GM Tenants Unions vote to affiliate with our campaign
May 2021 - ACORN votes to affiliate with our campaign
June 2021 - No police in schools billboards go up across Greater Manchester
July 2021 - over 1600 sign our petition to remove police from Greater Manchester schools
December 2021 - The Association of Educational Psychologists passed a motion to promote alternatives to Schools Based Police Officers and to advocate for resolving situations in schools without police involvement wherever possible
January 2022 - we spoke about the campaign at the Kill the Bill protest, alongside Northern Policy Monitoring Project
January 2022 - The Runnymede Trust revealed from an FOI that there are 979 police officers operating in schools across the UK, putting forward recommendations to government to withdraw all offers and end the power of the police to strip search children
March 2022 - we organised a demonstration in Manchester in solidarity with child Q and the brutal treatment she received at the hands of police in a school in Hackney. We launched a national #NoPoliceInSchools petition. March marked two years since the campaign started
July 2022 - We spoke at a Liberty x No More Exclusions online event on police in schools.
September 2022 - we spoke at The World Transformed conference on a panel entitled ‘From Child Q to the Manchester 10: Police Violence Against Kids’ and handed Jeremy Corbyn a copy of the Decriminalise the Classroom report
January 2023 - we released a statement regarding police child sex offences addressed to Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, the GMCA, Head Teachers in the Greater Manchester area and anyone who supports the placement of police in schools
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