The Government Prevent strategy started in July 2015, where all schools (as well as other organisations), have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means all schools have responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect children from drugs or gang violence. Importantly, schools can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues, so that they better understand how to protect themselves.
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. From July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act of 2015, to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’, known as the ‘Prevent Duty.’
Atherton High School is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils and staff, where all children feel safe. All adults working in our school, regardless of their role, recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, whether they have direct or indirect contact with young people.
The following definitions create clarity when discussing radicalisation and extremism:
Ideology – a set of beliefs.
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
Extremism – a 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.
Terrorism – an action that endangers or causes serious violence, damage or disruption and is intended to influence the Government or to intimidate the public and is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.
When applying this guidance we use the following accepted Government definition of extremism which is:
‘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; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.’
The full Government Prevent Strategy can be viewed at