The Prevent strategy published by the Government in 2011 is part of the overall counter terrorism strategy known as CONTEST The aim of the Prevent Strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
There is specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from extremism. There has been several occasions both locally and nationally in which extremist groups have attempted to radicalise vulnerable people to hold extreme views.
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on authorities including school to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Kings Hedges understands and supports the need to attempt to reduce the risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism and will report any concerns are required.
The Governing body and Kings Hedges has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure that children are protected from exposure to negative influence.
Kings Hedges is fully committed to safeguarding all of its children. As a school we recognise that that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different to from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. Kings Hedges believes that every member of staff will uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect along with tolerance and understanding of those with different beliefs and faiths.
Children at Kings Hedges are encouraged to adopt and live out our core values that compliment key British values of tolerance, respect, understanding, compassion and harmonious living.
Our children are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech through social and emotional aspects of learning, assemblies, debates and through elected school council members. Children are supported to make good choices from their arrival so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on themselves and others.
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe in the community, in school and using the internet. Children participate in local community events so they appreciate and value their neighbouring community who may not share the same faith background.
The Role Of The Curriculum
Kings Hedges Curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity through discussion, debates and consultation. Religious Education, Citizenship, Personal Social & Health Education provision is embedded across the curriculum and underpins the ethos of the school.
Kings Hedges approach to teaching is built on responsibility, resilience, reflection, resourcefulness and respect.
Although serious incidents involvements radicalisation have not occurred at Kings Hedges it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about issues which affect the region in which we teach. All staff are reminded to suspend any professional belief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to report any concerns to the Safeguarding Team.