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What is the Prevent Strategy?

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorists or extremist causes.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?

From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.

This means we have a responsibilty to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

Key Terms

Extremism - vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths  and beliefs
Ideology - a set of beliefs
Terrorism - a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological clause
Radicalisation - the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

What does this mean in practice?

Many of the things we already do in schools to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as Britist values such a democracy

We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, eg by using filters on the internet to make sure they cannot access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent stratey.
Britis values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn't my child too young ot learn about extremism?
The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children.  It is also about teaching children values uch a tolerance and mutual respect.
The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Extremism can take many forms, including political, relgious and misogynistic extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.
We will give children th eskills to protect them from any extremist views they may encourter, now or later in their lives.

Where to go for more information

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tel: 01795 423479
Email: admin@st-peters-sittingbourne.kent.sch.uk

External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information.  Please click on the links below to download the information.

Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
Frequently asked questions, Prevent for Schools
What is Prevent? Let's Talk About It