What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Government created and implemented the Prevent Strategy to stop people supporting extremism in any way.
How do the Government define 'Extremism'?
The Government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas”.
How does the Prevent Strategy apply to schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard all children from any form of extremism and/or radicalisation. As a Primary School we must provide a safe and secure environment for children to be made aware and discuss of all forms of extremism and radicalisation.
How does St. Anne's implement the Prevent Strategy?
All staff at St. Anne's, from Senior Leadership through to the cleaning team have received the specified Prevent Training as required by the Government.
As well as during cross curricular lessons such as English, R.E. and Computing, all classes receive weekly PSHE lessons which will regularly contain the following:
♦ Learning about all other Religions and Cultures including participating in visits and traditions.
♦ Promoting the British Values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance, individual liberty and mutual respect.
♦ Challenging any form of prejudice or racism.
♦ Helping all children develop their self-esteem to become positive members of the community.
♦ Promoting of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all children at all times.
We use filters on our Computing Network to ensure that no child or staff member can access any radicalisation or extremist material.
All adults who enter the school have been vetted and require a Police check to work with children.
Is Extremism an issue in our area?
Due to the reach of the Internet, global news reporting and Social Media, no area is immune from all forms of extremism, whether it is political, racist or religious. We aim to ensure our children are educated with the knowledge to make informed decisions should they encounter any form of extremism or radicalisation. We regularly teach online safety educating children about the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet and the motives of adults who try to befriend children. This can be predatory sexual or radicalisation.
Is my child too young to learn about extremism and radicalisation?
All materials used are appropriate for the year group and maturity of child they are taught to. Prevent Strategy is not just about extremism or radicalisation, it is also about promoting teamwork, respect and fairness.