What is radicalisation? Why do I need to know?

What is radicalisation? Why do I need to know?

Posted on Dec 02, 2015

What is radicalisation and why do I need to know?



There have been a number of terrifying events: the attacks in Paris, the hostage taking in Mali and the bomb on the Russian plane flying from Egypt. All of these events have involved young people who have been radicalised, and drawn into terrorism.

The Government is now demanding teachers understand the process of radicalisation and places a duty on you and your staff to help prevent it.


So what is radicalisation?

Radicalisation simply means the process where someone is lead to adopt extreme political, social and religious ideals and aspirations.

You’re expected to help prevent radicalisation in schools


This places three very important jobs into teacher’s hands.

  1. Knowing how to spot and report radicalisation
  2. Creating a safe environment in which to discuss and challenge extremist ideas
  3. Promoting British values within the classroom and the curriculum


So how do you spot radicalisation and where is it happening?

There is no single model for radicalisation, the process is unique for each individual.

Although the process is unique, there are some common signs of radicalisation which we will be looking at later on this week.


Where radicalisation happens

Radicalisation can happen anywhere, by anyone, however one of the biggest platforms where it takes place is on social media, with an estimated 45,000 ISIS twitter accounts alone at any one time. Twitter is regularly taking down these accounts, but with others being added daily it is likely that young people can easily fall victim to extremist predators and be lured in by their rhetoric and persuasive arguments. ISIS also shame some Muslims into believing that if they were true followers of Allah that they would join them no questions asked.


Promoting British values

Promoting British values helps tackle radicalisation and there is now an expectation on you to do this. But what are they?

There are currently four:

  1. Democracy
  2. Rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

For some free promoting British values posters for your classroom click here.


So how are you going to make sure your staff understand radicalisation and know how to respond?


Prevention of radicalisation: e-learning is the solution

Make sure your staff get the most of their e-learning by making sure it’s built around the way people learn, accessible anywhere at any time, is engaging and covers all the required legislation from the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, the Prevent duty and the Prevent strategy.

This will not only create a safer environment for the young people and staff in your school, it will also encourage staff to be aware of what is going on, giving them the understanding of what they need to do should a situation arise in your school.

If you want to find out more about the prevention of radicalisation click here to see flick’s prevention of radicalisation course.


radicalisation training with flick


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