What is Prevent?
‘Prevent’ is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The DfE as produced guidance that outlines the legal role that schools must play – this is referred to as the Prevent Duty. To address this, Eggbuckland College has produced a Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Policy (this can be found in our policies section). This covers the College’s approach to the Prevent Duty. Importantly, it highlights the warning signs that we should all be alert to and what to do if you have a concern
What should schools be doing?
All schools have a responsibility to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and to promote British Values in school.
It also emphasises that publicly-funded schools must teach a broad and balanced curriculum and promote community cohesion. The document goes on to say that schools should take measures such as:
• Assessing the risk of students being drawn into terrorism, and having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify students at risk and refer them to relevant authorities
• Working in partnership with other local bodies and following Local Authority inter agency procedures
• Ensuring staff are trained to identify students at risk of being drawn into terrorism, challenge extremist ideas and refer children to appropriate authorities where necessary
• Ensuring the school has internet filters in place to block terrorist and extremist material. ‘Prevent’ is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Extremism - vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and belief
Ideology - a set of beliefs
Terrorism - a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear
and advance a political, religious or ideological cause
Radicalisation - the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism
Contact the College
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent Strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 01752 779061 or email James Yates (firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistant Principal for Inclusion and Well-being as well as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It
Educate Against Hate - Government Endorsed Website
Educate Against Hate - Parents' Hub
The Times and the NSPCC - How should you talk to your children about terrorism?