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The Prevent Duty: Addressing extremism in the classroom

An expert on extremism, Alison Jamieson advises schools on how they can raise issues of violence and terrorism in the classroom and meet their duties under the Prevent legislation

The new Prevent duties introduced in July add up to a considerable challenge, not just for the extra safeguarding responsibilities they place on school staff but also for the knowledge and skills that are necessary to implement them.

The Prevent Duty guidance urges that schools be “safe spaces in which children and young people can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology, and learn how to challenge these ideas”.

Young people agree: in a survey commissioned by the UK Youth Parliament in 2008, 94 per cent of those questioned thought schools were the best environment in which to discuss terrorism.

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