Ratified by Full Governing Body March 2017
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (July 2015) requires the proprietors of schools to "have due regard, in the exercise of their functions, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This is known as the 'Prevent Duty'.
Adrian Mount (Headteacher) – Designated Safeguarding Lead
The DSL Will:
For the purposes of this policy the definition of radical or extreme ideology is “a set of ideas which could justify vilification or violence against individuals, groups or self”.
We ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, diverse curriculum and teaching, we promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. The Headteacher ensures that this ethos is reflected and implemented effectively in school policy and practice and that there are effective risk assessments in place to safeguard and promote students’ welfare.
The School recognises its duty to protect pupils from indoctrination into any form of extreme ideology which may lead to the harm of self or others. This is particularly important because of the electronic information available through the internet. The school will therefore aim to do the following:
In order to safeguard pupils from visitors to the school who may have extreme or radical views the school will:
In order to fulfil the requirements of the Prevent Duty the school will:
Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. It provides a mechanism for schools to make referrals if they are concerned that an individual might be vulnerable to radicalisation.
All staff and Governors are expected to undertake Channel training (online) which:
Signs of possible radicalisation can include;
Foreland Fields School ensures its pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum delivered by skilled teachers that aims to prepare them for life, encouraging them to show tolerance of, and celebrate, difference and diversity, whilst also ensuring that they thrive, feel valued and are not marginalized.
PSHE and Citizenship lessons are an effective way of providing pupils with time to explore sensitive or controversial issues, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to understand and manage difficult situations.
The Computing curriculum continually emphasises the importance of online safety, which includes not divulging personal information over the internet.
Foreland Fields School values freedom of speech and the expression of beliefs / ideology as fundamental rights underpinning society’s values. Pupils regularly participate in discussion, with speaking and listening being embedded in all subjects. Pupils and teachers speak freely and voice their opinions. However, there is an understanding that freedom comes with responsibility and free speech that is designed to manipulate the vulnerable or that leads to violence and harm of others goes against the moral principles in which freedom of speech is valued.
Foreland Fields School, like all other educational establishments, is required to promote fundamental British values as part of broader requirements relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. These values are explicit within our everyday practice as well as the school curriculum.
Pupils have the opportunity to contribute more widely to school life through our “Student Voice”. Every Key Stage is given the opportunity to elect a member to the body whereby pupils meet with senior leaders to discuss their learning and ideas for their school.
Classrooms are run along democratic principles. Pupils are given equal opportunities to contribute orally. No one individual is allowed to dominate and to steal time from the majority. Rules are explained and breaches of those rules are challenged by staff. The rationale for that challenge is usually based on the argument that poor behaviour from one person has an impact on everyone.
There are also many opportunities to learn about democracy within classroom practice, for example pupils voting on what music to listen to during break times or where to visit for an end of term treat.
The Rule of Law
At Foreland Fields School we promote the importance of the rule of law. Pupils see that this is important through our day to day work. Accountability is stressed to all stakeholders including staff (teacher’s standards and performance management/appraisal), Pupils (behaviour policy) and Governors. Class groups often write their own class rules which each pupil is expected to abide by. These are firmly based on British values.
Opportunities to learn about the rule of law are built into the PSHE curriculum.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices, through the provision of a safe environment. Pupils are actively encouraged to make appropriate choices.
As pupils move through the school, privileges are gained such as no longer wearing uniform in upper school. For all pupils there are elements of choice for lunch, within healthy boundaries. Pupils are offered independent support and guidance from our careers advisor over choices regarding future pathways.
Many pupils have difficulty with communication and are therefore introduced to a variety of systems which empower them to ‘have a voice’. These include Makaton sign language and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) which ensures that pupils are afforded the right to communicate, make choices and express themselves.
At Foreland Fields School we strive to foster strong working relationships between staff and pupils, between colleagues and between staff and parents. A positive understanding of differences and willingness to listen to the views of others is embedded in our daily practices.
Behaviour Policies promote good behaviour and challenge poor behaviour so that all pupils respect others and give them the opportunity to succeed. We take seriously our duty to prevent victimisation of any individual and we carefully analyse any incidents where racist, homophobic or sexist actions could hurt others.
The school PSHE curriculum places a strong emphasis on respect for individuals and the celebration of difference.
Tolerance of Other Faiths and Beliefs
At Foreland Fields School we endeavour to ensure that we are enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society by offering them varied opportunities for them to experience this first hand. There are activities planned and guest speakers invited into school to learn about other faiths, beliefs and cultures not just in this country but around the world.
Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been supported by learning within our Religious Education (RE) and PSHE curriculum. The RE curriculum provides the opportunity for pupils to learn about a variety of different faiths including, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism and Hinduism.
We wish our pupils to become active citizens and we work hard in school to ensure that these core values are promoted for all. The school’s promotion of these core values ensures a steady progression of attitudes and qualities.
In summary, we prepare our pupils for life in a complex modern Britain.
The Headteacher is responsible for carrying out risk assessments to assess the risk of pupils being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas which are part of terrorist ideology.
This policy will be shared with parents and carers of pupils at Foreland Fields School. It is important that they are aware of the risks and are able to protect their children, particularly those who are vulnerable or may be at risk of being radicalised. Parents and carers are encouraged to install filtering/firewalls on internet accessible devices and ensure they have appropriate security settings. Staff at Foreland Fields School are available to advise parents and carers on both the Prevent Duty and online safety.
Any organisations or individuals wishing to hire the School will be checked to confirm that they do not have any extreme or radical views. This requirement will also be included in any Letting Agreements.
Any pupil who is deemed to be at risk of being radicalised or extremism will be referred by the school’s Designated Safeguarding Team as appropriate through the Local Authority Channel Referral and Intervention processes.
The School will work in partnership with the relevant agencies to seek advice, support and guidance, drawing on multi-agency expertise, to support pupils at risk of harm.
Governing Body Approval
Scrutinised by the Learning and Development Team on 9th January 2017
Ratified by the Full Governing Body on15th March 2017
To be scrutinised by the Learning and Development Team annually or as changes in legislation/policy dictates.
To be ratified by the Full Governing Body thereafter.
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