• Schools can invite Katie Hopkins to speak, says Prevent expert

    Schools can invite Katie Hopkins to talk to older pupils if speakers with opposing political views are also invited to talk, a policy expert on the Prevent strategy has said. Hopkins, a far-right commentator who has called refugees “vermin”, is offering discussion sessions for year 9 to year 11 pupils in schools throughout November. The

    5.00 Oct. 6th, 2017 | News

  • Interviews with former extremists offered as free Prevent resource for schools

    A social enterprise has released short films of former extremists discussing their experiences for use as an educational resource. ConnectFutures, which works with organisations and communities to tackle extremism, has published the videos on its website, alongside resources for schools, to encourage dialogue amongst parents, teachers and pupils. The films include stories from Yasmin, a

    16.00 Jan. 14th, 2017 | Politics

  • MPs and peers demand review of Prevent duty

    A committee of MPs and peers has called for an independent review of the Prevent duty after witnesses warned some teachers were “over-enthusiastic” with the duty and young Muslims felt they were being targeted by schools because of their faith. The joint committee on human rights has demanded a review of Prevent, which became a legal

    0.01 Jul. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • Birmingham schools still at risk of extremist 'destabilisation', says Sir Michael Wilshaw

    Schools at the centre of the “Trojan Horse” investigations are now “much safer” but are still at risk of “destabilisation” from an “intent” minority, Ofsted’s chief inspector has said. In an open letter to the government about Birmingham City Council, Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was “distressing” to hear that in Birmingham schools allegedly targeted

    0.01 Jul. 8th, 2016 | News

  • Is Prevent turning teachers into spies?

    A government programme aimed at stopping youngsters being drawn into terrorism is creating a climate of “suspicion and mistrust”, claimed headteacher Terry James. The second session of the Battle of Ideas asked whether the government’s anti-radicalisation programme Prevent was “turning teachers into spies”. James, head of Queen’s school in Hertfordshire, said he agreed with Labour MP Andy

    12.00 Jul. 3rd, 2016 | News

  • 'Can I fail Ofsted if a child I teach goes to fight in Syria?'

    Despite Ofsted’s changes to the framework, we are already doing what we can – and how is this new duty imposed on us any different to what went before? This week I received more than 50 emails trying to sell me things for our school – 15 of them related to radicalisation, extremism or the

    6.00 Feb. 7th, 2016 | Opinion

  • How to start addressing extremism in the classroom

    Discussing extremism requires knowledge of a wide range of issues unconnected to the mainstream curriculum, as well as clarity, objectivity and the confidence to respond to difficult questions. Here are some suggestions as to how to frame the major questions — and approaches to answering them The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced statutory obligations on

    7.00 Sep. 12th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Reporting on students' religious views will squash classroom debate

    The new powers of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act asks teachers to report on their students’ religious views as a matter of national security. This will squash open debate, free speech and political dissent, making schools fearful places for many pupils, says David Lundie Academics and community leaders roundly criticised the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act

    6.30 Jul. 19th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Our specialist approach to alerting our pupils to extremism

    The emergence of extremist ideologies should be taught within academic disciplines such as history. Only then will pupils understand the root causes and have vital reference points The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 that comes into force on July 1 mandates all schools with a duty to prevent the radicalisation of young people. Many

    7.00 Jun. 14th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Should Ofsted police extremism?

    Ofsted should be clear what constitutes extremism and how “British values” can be measured before inspectors start making judgments There is a new duty on college and schools to prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism; organisations repeatedly inviting extremist speakers or failing in this duty will need to respond to ministerial directions. The threat of

    6.30 Dec. 8th, 2014 | Opinion