Extremism: 'Open and frank' discussions key to preventing radicalisation

Teachers view their role in tackling extremism as one of mandated reporting of pupils at risk of radicalisation rather than education.

A study warns that extreme views such as racism, misogynistic views and homophobia are widespread in classrooms across the country but that education on these issues is “highly variable".

The study (Taylor et al, 2021) was commissioned by the charity SINCE 9/11 and published to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America which killed almost 3,000 people.

It says that teachers lack the resources and training to teach pupils how to discuss and reject dangerous extremist views and ideologies.

It adds that teachers have no time in an overcrowded curriculum to teach pupils about violent and what it terms “hateful extremism”.

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