The current threat from terrorism and extremism comes from both global groups (notably Islamic militant groups) but also home-grown groups e.g. as far right extremists or animal rights groups. The school has a duty to protect and educate about all forms of terrorism and extremism while promoting freedom, tolerance, equality and British Values.
The government’s Prevent Strategy raises awareness and creates a specific duty to safeguard children, young people and families from all forms of extremism. There have been high profile occasions both locally and nationally in which extremist groups have attempted to radicalise vulnerable children and young people to hold extreme views including views justifying political, religious, sexist or racist violence, or to steer them into a rigid and narrow ideology that is intolerant of diversity and leaves them vulnerable to future radicalisation.
During our form time programme, we promote equality, diversity and tolerance. We equip students to identify and challenge racism or extremism. This is also discussed during PSHCE.
We are alert to the risk posed by radicalisation and monitor our students for this. If we were to have concerns, we have good relationships with the appropriate agencies to ensure that students are supported and guided away from risk.