The Prevent Strategy recognises the importance of schools in counter-terrorism activities. More recently, concerns about the inappropriate actions of some schools were highlighted in the Birmingham Trojan Horse case, where a number of OFSTED inspections revealed a failure to promote British values adequately in some schools, meaning that young people in them were vulnerable to radical and extremist ideas. Consequently, all schools need a clear statement of British values and how they are promoted through the school’s curriculum.
From 01 July 2015 all schools are required to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.
“Radicalisation” refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism. During that process it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being drawn into terrorist-related activity. This means that for Newfield School (and other schools), it is essential for staff to be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified, as part of safeguarding duties, whether from within families or from outside influences. We promote British values (see our policy below) to challenge extremist views. This does not mean stopping pupils debating controversial issues, but on the contrary to provide a safe place to understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
The four themes to do this are through:
– Risk assessment
– Working in partnership
– Staff training, and
– IT policies.
If you require more information on this, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mr Whelan, Head Teacher.
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