Prevent duty guidance: in the classroom

Prevent duty guidance: in the classroom

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

Prevent duty guidance: in the classroom



As anyone working in education will know, schoolteachers and TAs are seen more and more as the front-line when it comes to helping prevent radicalisation. As teachers probably spend more time with young teens than their own parents do, this makes sense.

Teachers have a key advantage to spotting signs and signals that young people are being radicalised. Even outside the classroom, teachers may overhear conversations in the hallway and on the playground; they must know what action to take should they have any suspicions.

But, knowing what action to take doesn’t necessarily equip them with the confidence to discuss such things as radicalisation with the pupils themselves.

You can help your pupils by understanding the factors underpinning extremism by providing a safe environment for them to debate controversial issues. Not only will this help them build the resilience and critical thinking skills they need to be able to challenge extremist arguments, but it will also put you in a better position to protect your pupils.

You should bear in mind that these factors are a guide only, and you should use your professional judgment to decide whether your pupils might be vulnerable.



It is important to remember that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues - the idea is in fact, to encourage pupils to discuss a wide range of social and political issues. You can help build their resilience to extremist ideas, and prepare them to play a full and active role in society.

Make time to discuss issues around identity, difference and tolerance. Subject Associations, particularly PSHE, RS and Citizenship Associations will be well placed to advise on engaging ways to promote British values and teach tolerance.


Prevention of radicalisation training

Even though your staff have up-to-date prevention of radicalisation training (if they don’t, click here quick), knowing the signs of radicalisation and having the opportunity to spot these signs should they occur isn’t enough.

It has now been said that to truly help stop radicalisation, children and young people must be given the opportunity to explore and fully understand these issues. Young people need a safe environment to ask questions and challenge ideas. This task has fallen on teachers...


So where do you start?

You can refer to the educate against hate site for some teaching resources and lesson plans.

Or, you could use flick's...


Prevention of radicalisation training for students

With our prevention of radicalisation training being vetted and reviewed by the Home Office, and with so many appreciating its simple and unique style, we thought we would build on this to help the education front-liners even more.

We have built a unique e-learning course for students aged 11 and upwards that covers everything from right-wing and Islamist extremism, hate crime and terrorism, and propaganda, to the signs and consequences. We broke the course down into 4 topics, allowing you to plan your lessons easily, slotting in the relevant topic to suit your class. The course can either be completed individually or used as a blended learning solution to be delivered alongside classroom discussion.

The course is flexible, engaging and informative. It includes stunning imagery, video, animation and quizzes to help keep young people involved.

The best bit about all this? You get it absolutely free if you sign up for your mandatory training with flick. This includes: child protection, health and safety, FGM, prevention of radicalisation and more. Or if you just want access to this course and this course only, you can get unlimited access for an entire year for £175 plus VAT. Let us do the hard work for you. Buy our training today.


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