Assessing the progress of the Government’s attempts to counter extremism amongst young people, following the introduction of a statutory duty for schools and FE colleges under the Prevent Strategy in September 2015, this seminar will bring together key stakeholders from across the education and local government sectors.
Policymakers and stakeholders will examine the progress to date of the Prevent Strategy in schools and colleges, in light of concerns from the teaching profession regarding the guidance given to schools and the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Counter-Extremism report, published in July 2016, which called for an independent review of the programme. Attendees will also discuss the role of local authorities in implementing the strategy, as well as the impact so far of Ofsted’s inspection of schools’ counter-extremism arrangements.
Further planned sessions will discuss challenges and ways forward for fostering open debate within communities and for schools in promoting British values. They will consider examples of best practice from local authorities and schools, and issues for implementing the guidance on British values in communities with varying needs, in light of a reported increase in hate crimes in the wake of the EU referendum.