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The Prevent Strategy at St. Anne’s Catholic Academy
What is the Prevent Strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people supporting any extreme cause or becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist causes. The Prevent Strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes.
How does the Prevent Strategy apply to Schools?
From July 2015 all schools have a duty to safeguard young people from radicalisation and extremism. This means we all have a responsibility to protect young people from extremist and violent views the same way we keep them safe through E-safety or protect them from drugs.
Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they learn how to protect themselves.
Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of the law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Ideology – a set of beliefs
Terrorism – a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism
What does this mean at our school?
Many of the things we already do at St. Anne’s Catholic Academy, including the clear teaching of our Christian Values, help our children become positive, happy members of society. Our curriculum and variety of school activities also contribute to the Prevent Strategy. At St. Anne’s Catholic Academy we:
We will also protect young people from the risk of radicalisation, for example, by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with people.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is extremism really a risk in our area?
Yes, the internet reaches everywhere. Extremism can take many forms, including political or religious extremism. Extreme views are often promoted online and although our E-safety teaching repeatedly shows children the dangers of talking to people whom they do not know in real life, extreme views are often spread gradually through on-line chat which at first appears harmless and friendly. Such forums can be very attractive to children anywhere whose self-esteem is not high, as they can be easily groomed to believe they are talking to similarly aged children, who may in fact be adults with a variety of dangerous motives for befriending children. These motives may include sexual predation or the spreading of an extremist viewpoint. We will teach children ways to keep safe online and to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.
How does Prevent relate to British values?
Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of our response to the Prevent Strategy. British values include:
How does St. Anne's implement the Prevent Strategy?
Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?
The Prevent Strategy is not just about discussing extremism, which may not always be appropriate for younger pupils. It is also about teaching children values such as fairness, teamwork and respect. The school will make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the pupils involved.