Questions & Answers

Schools have a legal responsibility to have due regard to the need to prevent their pupils from being drawn into terrorism.

You have a vital role to play in meeting your school’s obligations under the Prevent duty. To do this, you need to be able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do if you have a concern.

Protecting pupils from the risk of radicalisation is part of your wider safeguarding role, along with protecting them from other harms such as drug abuse, gangs, neglect and sexual exploitation. This is not about spying on pupils or intruding unnecessarily into their families. It is about making sure you know how to identify worrying behaviour and how to refer pupils who may be at risk of radicalisation for appropriate support.

You can increase your pupils’ resilience to extremism by providing a safe space for them to debate controversial issues and develop critical thinking skills so they are better equipped to challenge extremist arguments. Schools are already expected to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and, within this, fundamental British values.

In addition to reading the Prevent duty and the advice on promoting fundamental British values, you should also read the statutory guidance on ‘Keeping children safe in education’, the ‘Working together to safeguard children’  and the non-statutory guidance The Prevent duty Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers.

Popular Resources

Suggestions and guidance on how to engage with antisemitism in the classroom, including ways to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Guides and resources for setting up a debate club in your school, and details of the Institute of Ideas’ national Debating Matters Competition.

Session plans for young people, exploring how democracy works and encouraging students to see themselves as active members of society.

Short films and classroom exercises which encourage critical thinking and challenge myths in order to build resilience to extremism.

Lawyers who work with small groups of students to explore a range of legal topics, such as human rights, consumer law and intellectual property.

Magistrates who visit schools, colleges and community groups to discuss how our justice system works, including how verdicts and sentences are decided.

Ways to engage with the democratic process at Westminster, including augmented reality experiences at the Parliamentary Education Centre.

Members of the House of Lords visit schools and colleges to talk and answer questions about their work and their role in our parliamentary system.