The Prevent duty is not intended to stop discussion of controversial issues.
By providing a safe environment where pupils are encouraged to discuss social and political issues, you can help build their resilience to extremist ideas and prepare them for an active role in society.
There are many ways to help build children’s resilience against radicalisation in the classroom, including discussing issues around extremism and terrorism directly with each class. Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance with those of different faiths and beliefs, and enabling them to challenge extremist views. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values. Advice on promoting fundamental British values is available here.
Material on the strengths, advantages and challenges of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries can also be included in the curriculum.
Schools can show democracy in action by introducing a school council whose members are voted for by the pupils, and hold mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view.
Also, make sure time is allotted 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.
There are also many resources available, including lesson plans and multi-media resources that can help your teachers address issues relating to extremism and radicalisation sensitively and in an engaging and age-appropriate manner. These can be found on via the homepage of this website.