Preventing Radicalisation in School
Here at Bishop Rawstorne C of E Academy, we ensure we provide a safe and supportive environment where our students can discuss controversial issues, providing them with both the knowledge and confidence to be able to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies. Building resilience in our young people, and the promotion of fundamental British values, is at the heart of preventing radicalisation.
Our Christian ethos, which is an integral part of our school life, as well as our teaching and learning, help our students understand values of mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are embedded across the curriculum; however, they are taught explicitly through content and skills building within PSHEe, citizenship and humanities.
As a school we have a legal duty, in accordance with the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to take steps to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism. This is a duty we take very seriously and involves four main actions, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, whole school staff training and via our information technology policies. If we assess a child as ‘at risk’, our named Prevent officer, Paul Almond, will refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.
Our staff undergo ongoing training to ensure we continue to comply with our legal duty. With regards to internet safety, we ensure suitable filters are in place to keep students from being exposed to extremist materials, in keeping with Lancashire Local Authority guidelines.
Procedure once a concern has been raised
If we have a concern about a particular student we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead and Prevent officer, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support. In urgent cases, we may also contact the local Lancashire police.