St Peter’s British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values”. The importance of these values has been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year.
The DfE says that the government’s five part definition of ‘British Values’, as set out in its 2011 Prevention Strategy, is:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We have embedded these values throughout our school, both within and beyond the curriculum.
Radicalisation & Prevent Duty
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is part of St Peter’s Catholic Primary’s’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse. During the process of radicalisation it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being radicalised.
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism. There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. It can happen in many different ways and settings.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on school staff to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Known as the Prevent Duty.
School staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation or extremism and report any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.