At Chaucer Primary School, the PREVENT strategy has been designed in response to and in line with government guidance and forms part of the government’s counter terrorism strategy which seeks 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 need to be addressed, including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, the internet and health.
What does this mean at Chaucer Primary School?
Many of the things we already do in school to help our children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the PREVENT strategy, these include:
- Encouraging open and honest discussions through PSHE lessons
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments.
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
- Teaching children to listen to others with tolerance whilst discussing their own opinions.
- Teaching children to respect the views of others and other ways of life.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity through Religious Education, British Values and PSHE to foster religious and cultural tolerance.
- Teaching children to make informed decisions about articles they read on the internet. Supporting pupils to judge the validity of websites.
- Encouraging children to talk to an adult about things that worry or confuse them.
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of ALL pupils, as well as British Values
How does Chaucer Primary School support pupils who may be at risk?
- Through a well developed curriculum, that allows pupils to explore, discuss and question in a safe and supportive environment
- Identifying families that have extreme views and offering support- CAFs, meetings, information leaflets, school events
- Collaboration with our local PSCO
- Robust record keeping and regular team meetings to monitor families at risk
- Ensuring all staff and Governors have a good understanding of the PREVENT strategy through training, renewed bi-annually.