Park End Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
As part of Park End School’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
The new Prevent Duty, the Department for Education’s SMSC requirements, British Values Guidance and Ofsted’s inspection criteria all require schools to ensure students are aware of risks associated with extremism. We endeavor to do this through our broad and balanced curriculum.
The role of the Curriculum
Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others. By building resilience and self-esteem, children are encouraged to stand firm and be positive about others and not be influenced by negative peer pressure they may encounter. Through our curriculum, we can enable children to think for themselves by providing valuable opportunities for discussing, debating, researching and questioning, set within the context of learning based on sound knowledge and understanding.
Our PSHE/SMSC provision is embedded across the curriculum, through the Jigsaw scheme of work. It directs our assemblies and underpins the ethos of the school. It is recognised that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation; therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves. We actively promoting knowledge, skills and understanding to build the resilience of learners. These complement the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, democracy and freedom of speech.
The links below provide more information about the Prevent Strategy and British Values.
Also read our information leaflet for parents and the Radicalisation and Extremism Policy