Teachers, share your thoughts and experiences of the Prevent agenda

Last summer schools were tasked with spotting students who are vulnerable to radicalisation. We want to hear how teachers are coping with the guidelines

Since July last year, schools have been given a legal duty to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism. Government guidance specifies that this includes “non-violent extremism which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit”.

Some warn that teachers, who are already overworked, are being asked to do yet more; others worry that they’re being turned into spies, which could damage trust in the school community. There are also fears that schools feel obliged to report incidents, even when this might not be appropriate. High profile cases where students have been questioned for seemingly benign comments – such as using the term “ecoterrorist” in a discussion about environmental activism – have done little to boost confidence in the government guidelines.

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Last summer schools were tasked with spotting students who are vulnerable to radicalisation. We want to hear how teachers are coping with the guidelines

Since July last year, schools have been given a legal duty to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism. Government guidance specifies that this includes “non-violent extremism which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit”.

Some warn that teachers, who are already overworked, are being asked to do yet more; others worry that they’re being turned into spies, which could damage trust in the school community. There are also fears that schools feel obliged to report incidents, even when this might not be appropriate. High profile cases where students have been questioned for seemingly benign comments – such as using the term “ecoterrorist” in a discussion about environmental activism – have done little to boost confidence in the government guidelines.

 

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