Preventing Radicalisation at St.Michael’s
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on specified authorities, including local authorities and childcare, education and other children’s service providers, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn in terrorism (the ‘Prevent Duty’). Young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, in particular those via the internet and other social media. Our aim is to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that we help to safeguard them from drugs, violence or alcohol.
We deliver this through:
Teaching students about British Values
We understand the importance of British values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Through PSHE lessons we:
Educate students about the dangers of racism and how it can lead to extreme behaviours
- Explore what makes a young person susceptible to racist or extreme thoughts, behaviours and actions
- Highlight the dangers of becoming involved with extremist groups and engaging in extremist behaviour
- Help students to think more critically about the information they receive in order to help them reject racism and prejudice.
Understanding and respect for other religions and cultures
Through Religious Education, PSHE and other lessons we develop awareness and appreciation of other cultures – in R.S one example would be the topic how Islam is portrayed in the media, in English through fiction and stories from other cultures and in Art by considering culture and art from other parts of the world.
During collective worship students are introduced to symbols, stories, traditions and celebrations used in other faiths and religions, this allows students to gain a fair wider view of the world around them.
Our School values
The school holds 5 core values at the heart of its mission: Love, forgiveness, courage, peace and equality. These values are used in the daily life of the school and students are reminded about them regularly during assemblies and collective worship.
Key staff in school have had training directly from counter terrorism police. The rest of the staff have completed the College of policing’s Channel General Awareness Module.
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. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by: a. identifying individuals at risk; b. assessing the nature and extent of that risk; and c. developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.
For further information with regard to the Channel programme click on the links below:
Sixth Form and Reveal Theatre
The Sixth Form works with Reveal Theatre and its Game On initiative.
Game On is a project that has worked with the Prevent agenda since 2007 using drama interventions to challenge extremist ideologies from Reveal Theatre’s experiences with extremist groups based in the UK. It is a Home Office Best Practice project and has come top of the Home Office's evaluation and monitoring process. It has worked closely with the Behavioural Insights Team for Prevent in measuring the positive impacts of the Game On project. The workshop addresses the local pressures of the Far Right, in particular the recent demonstration at St Georges Hall Liverpool by a collection of Neo Nazi groups (North West Infidels/National Action) plus the ongoing threat from Islamist extremism that seeks to divide communities and recruit from both Muslim and non-Muslim profiles and backgrounds.
We run workshops concerning experiences and issues that relate to modern British society. The "Game On" workshop in September explores the counter-arguments to extremist narratives to empower the learners to be able to critically think and challenge as young citizens. It explores how communities change and the subsequent possible impact using a Home Office approved deliverer.
measuring the positive impacts of the Game On project. The workshop addresses the local pressures of the Far Right, in particular the recent demonstration at St George’s Hall Liverpool by a collection of Neo Nazi groups (North West Infidels/National Action) plus the ongoing threat from Islamist extremism that seeks to divide communities and recruit from both Muslim and non-Muslim profiles and backgrounds.