Prevent – Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation

Our school's Prevent Lead is Mr M Nicholls - Head Teacher and DSL. He has attended Prevent awareness training.

From 1 July 2015 specified authorities, including all schools as defined in the summary of this guidance, are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (“the CTSA 2015”), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, also known as the Prevent duty. Bodies to which this duty applies must have regard to statutory guidance issued under section 29 of the CTSA 2015 (‘Prevent Guidance’).  Paragraphs 57-76 of the Prevent Guidance are concerned specifically with schools.


The Prevent strategy has three specific strategic objectives:

  •          respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  •          prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
  •          work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.


How do we support this in school?

All staff at Nanpean School share a duty to protect pupils from the risk of radicalisation as part of our safeguarding duties, and we also seek to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.

We do this by:

  •          Promoting the Fundamental British Values (FBV) in our Curriculum
  •          Making sure that Nanpean School is a safe space for pupils to discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and extremism
  •          Ensuring that we have robust safeguarding procedures to identify children at risk
  •          Engaging with risk assessments to determine the potential risk of individuals being drawn into terrorism in our local area
  •          Making sure that we have measures in place to protect pupils from harmful online content, including appropriate filtering systems
  •          Our staff receiving training to help them identify pupils at risk, challenge extremist ideas, and know how to act if they have a concern


What should I do if I have a concern?

Staff will follow the school’s usual safeguarding procedures.

If you are a pupil, a relation or anybody with a concern, you can discuss these with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL), and they will decide whether to involve other agencies such as the LA, police, social services or Channel (the Government’s programme for identifying and supporting those at risk of being drawn into terrorism).


The School Prevent guidance summarises the requirements in terms of these general themes: Leadership and Management, Risk Assessment, Working in Partnership, Staff Training, Online Safety, School Premises and Building Resilience to Radicalisation.


We understand the risks affecting children and young people and understand how to identify individual children who may be at risk of radicalisation and what to do to support them. We will assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas such as Right Wing / Far Right, Crossover between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and County Lines, and Environmental related influences, such as those moving into the area with previous experience of radicalisation.


As part of this Duty our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) will:

  • undertake Prevent awareness training and be able to provide advice and support to other members of staff on protecting children and young people from the risk of radicalisation.
  • ensure that children and young people are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet with us and ensuring that suitable filtering are in place.
  • ensure that the Guidance for Schools Duty is fully met as part of a risk assessed approach.
  • ensure staff are clear on the definition of Extremism, Radicalisation and Terrorism (KCSIE, 2023).

We utilise the ‘educate against hate’ website which provides us with information, tools and resources to recognise and address extremism and radicalisation. Training on making Prevent referrals and E- learning is accessed regularly.