Prevent teaching resources for schools

Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation is part of schools’ overall safeguarding responsibilities.

Since July 2015, schools have a legal responsibility to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The Prevent duty: departmental advice for schools and childcare providers offers guidance on this.

Given the rise of extremist voices it’s important that you know how to protect them from this threat. Understanding how the Prevent duty is embedded as part of your school’s wider safeguarding policies will help you to:

  • Protect students from radicalising influences
  • Build your students’ resilience to extremist narratives
  • Identify any vulnerabilities or worrying changes in behaviour
  • Know what to do if you have concerns about a student

Prevent is not about spying on students or intruding unnecessarily into their families. It’s about making sure you can identify worrying behaviour and know how to refer those students who may be at risk of radicalisation for appropriate support.

There are no mandatory reporting requirements under the Prevent duty. If you have a concern, you should follow your school’s safeguarding procedures.

There are several things you can do to increase your students’ resilience to extremist narratives, such as:

  • Making sure your classroom is a safe space where students can discuss ideas and controversial issues freely and openly
  • Providing skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments
  • Promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Here are some related resources:

Resources

Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. This guidance helps schools to develop an awareness and understanding of the risk of radicalisation and take steps to appropriately report and manage those risks in line with the law.

Statutory guidance for local authorities and agencies working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their care. The Children Acts of 1989 and 2004 set out specific duties of the local authority to undertake enquiries if they believe a child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm. These duties can only be discharged with the full co-operation of other partners and other agencies. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play and this advice sets out clearly the principles and key areas of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

A Prevent mythbuster explaining the facts behind some common misconceptions

Guidance on how to talk about antisemitism and the Israel-Palestine conflict in the classroom.