The Times is reporting that more than 1,000 children have been referred for deradicalisation in a year as teachers embrace their duty to stop pupils becoming terrorists.
The figures were released by the National Police Chiefs Council under the Freedom of Information Act. They revealed hundreds of patients and students were also reported to the authorities for being vulnerable to extremism.
However, teaching unions have expressed concerns, saying that some children were being reported needlessly.
The report states:
In schools 1,041 children were referred last year to Channel, the deradicalisation programme; in 2012, the year it was extended nationally, only nine children were referred. In further education colleges there were 180 referrals, compared with five in 2012. Higher education institutions such as universities reported 76 students.
What do you think? Is the Prevent strategy working? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter….
Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or just someone who cares about education and has something to get off your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.
We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!