Schools could be fitted with futuristic face scanners which screen pupils’ faces with an invisible infra-red light as they attempt to enter the building to keep out strangers.
The system, which is being trialled in a UK school next week, can also be used to allow children to take out library books and buy their lunch.
It is among a host of high-tech security measures introduced in schools in a bid to keep pupils safe.
Some schools have brought in fingerprint and eye scanners, while others are planning to put radio transponder chips in pupils’ uniforms to keep tabs on them.
But there are fears the technology breaches children’s civil liberties.
One school installed an iris scanner in 2003 but removed it a year later after it failed to recognise some students and led to lengthy queues.