As part of St Ursula’s Catholic Primary School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy and Educate Against Hate initiatives.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At St Ursula’s Catholic Primary School, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. You can read about what we do to promote British values here.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify pupils at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff have received WRAP information and will be taking part in training sessions provided by the London Metropolitan Police on what Prevent is about and how to deal with any concerns they may see inside or outside school.