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What is ‘Prevent’?

Prevent is the government’s national strategy for ensuring that children in schools are protected against extreme ideas and beliefs. The strategy is designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent faith groups and other causes such as extremist animal rights groups.


How does the Prevent strategy apply to our school

From July 2015, all schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other forms of harm. Importantly, we provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves. We develop the core skills of confidence, listening and critical thinking which enable children to listen, think for themselves seeking advice when they are not sure. We also develop their self-esteem so they can clearly articulate and confidently represent themselves with their peers.


What does this mean in practice?

Many of the things we already do in school 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 behaviours that discriminate (e.g. racism)
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils

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


How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools are required to promote British Values, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent Strategy. British Values include:

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


Click Here for more information about how our school promotes British Values.

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