As part of wider safeguarding procedures, schools will be aware of individuals or groups who maybe radicalised. However, The Prevent duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015) also makes it clear that “Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views”.
It goes on to say “it is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments”.
Being able to address such controversial issues in the classroom can be challenging, therefore to support schools to achieve this, Entrust have produced a teaching resource pack.
This innovative resource is built on the voices of young people who identified the themes that they wanted to talk about, highlighted the issues around the topic as they saw it, raised the questions they wanted to ask and be answered, and identified the skills and knowledge they felt they required to stay safe.
The key topics that young people wanted to discuss were:
The resource includes a DVD of several film clips as well as lesson plans and guidance. Also, included in the pack is key vocabulary, an assembly outline for responding to terrorist incidents and a parent workshop. The resource pack enables school staff to deliver these sensitive and controversial issues in a confident and supported way.
To find out more about the resource or to purchase your copy, email GovernorSpace@entrust-ed.co.uk.
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