From July 2015, all schools, registered early years childcare providers and childcare providers are under a duty to have due regard to the need to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism. “Due regard” means that schools should place an appropriate amount of weight on the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism when they consider all the other factors relevant to how they carry out their usual functions. “Being drawn into terrorism” includes both violent extremism and non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can promote views which terrorists exploit.
This duty is known as the ‘Prevent Duty’. Further information is contained in Department for Education’s Departmental Advice on “The Prevent Duty – Departmental Advice for schools and childcare providers” (June 2015).
At Bridge House, we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources- pupils, staff, visiting adults or external sources- school community, external agencies or individuals.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and where appropriate, dealt with in accordance with the prevent strategy.