All teaching staff at Culcheth High School received training from Cheshire Constabulary Counter-Terrorism branch in relation to the Prevent Duty in November 2015. The Prevent Duty is now statutory for all childcare providers.
Extremism – a vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
Terrorism – an action that endangers or causes serious violence damage or disruption and is intended to influence the Government or to intimidate the public and is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.
Culcheth High School recognises the Government’s concern that the UK continues to face a threat from terrorism. One security concern is the potential for British citizens and residents to become radicalised and commit acts of violence or terrorism. Violent Extremism is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as:
“The demonstration of unacceptable behaviour by using any means or medium to express views, which:
– Encourage, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs;
– Seek to provoke others to terrorist acts;
– Encourage other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts;
– Foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”
Our school is a place where students can explore controversial issues safely and where our teachers encourage and facilitate this – we have a duty to ensure this happens.
However, there is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – students, staff or governors, or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals.
As a school, we recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist materials and influences can lead to poor outcomes for children and so should be addressed as a safeguarding concern. We also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to protect our students.