Best Practice

How to build students’ resilience to extremism

With more and more scrutiny on the prevention of radicalisation among young people, Lucie Parker offers schools eight recommendations for how to build your pupils’ resilience to extremism

With this year’s introduction of the Prevent statutory duty into frontline institutions nationwide, schools have been feeling the pressure to adopt clear practices that safeguard pupils against extremism.

This can be incredibly difficult, and given the lack of clear guidance, many schools are struggling with how to fulfil this duty effectively.

The eight recommendations below are aimed at supporting schools’ and teachers’ implementation of the Prevent Duty.

Extremism is a highly complex subject. It gets huge attention in the press. But ultimately it should be treated in the same way that you would treat other safeguarding issues, such as drug abuse, sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, pornography, gang involvement, bullying and cyber-bullying.

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