Teachers’ fears over Prevent anti-terror programme

The BBC reports that some teachers in England have expressed concern about a law requiring them to report pupils who show signs of being drawn into violent extremism.

Two years ago, schools were required to join the fight against radicalisation under the so-called Prevent duty.
But teachers are more confident about reporting cases to the authorities. The Prevent programme was criticised by some in the wake of the recent London Bridge attack.
The research involved 70 education staff across 14 schools and colleges in West Yorkshire and London and a further 225 who took part in a national survey.
But the study by Coventry, Huddersfield and Durham universities, found there were concerns about Muslim students becoming stigmatised.
The Prevent duty, introduced in July 2015, required “specified authorities” such as schools, colleges, prisons and NHS Trusts to have “due regard to the need to have to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Responding to the report, Security Minister Ben Wallace told the BBC that 150 people had been dissuaded from fighting in Syria because of Prevent.”Before there was a duty it would have been very sporadic and the numbers would have been low in some parts of the country and high in others,” he said.
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