All our school community should be protected against violent extremism and terrorist activity. Extremism has no home in our school from anyone involved with the school or its local community. Any extremist views will be dealt in line with whole school polices.
Atherton Community School should be a safe place for pupils to express views and opinions, we have a duty to ensure that this happens. Extremism and extremist views can lead to poor outcomes for many individuals, for this reason at Atherton Community School we treat it as a Safeguarding concern.
Staff need to be alert to:
- Disclosures by students of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups, especially where students have not actively sought these out.
- Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images.
- Students accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites.
- Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and request for assistance.
- Partner schools, local authority services, and police reports of issues affecting students in other schools or settings.
- Students voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives.
- Use of extremist or “hate” terms to exclude others or incite violence.
- Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture.
- Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others.
- Anti-western or Anti-British views.
Please refer to the following documents
- Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
- “The Prevent Duty” (2015)
- Channel: Vulnerability and Assessment Framework
- “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2015)
- “Learning Together to be Safe”
- “Prevent Duty Guidance – England and Wales”
By “Promoting Fundamental British Values,” valuing the rule of law and individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance to those of other faiths, backgrounds and beliefs and teaching all our students to respect each other and tolerance difference, we intend to the build resilience of our students by giving them safe places to discuss controversial issues and be given the knowledge to and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.
By following the above we seek to
- Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat faced from those who promote these views.
- Provide practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support.
- Work with a wide range of sectors where there are risks of radicalisation which needs to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health.