Statement to combat Radicalisation at Brightlingsea Junior School
Brightlingsea Junior School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. At Brightlingsea Juniors all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In formulating this statement the Governors have taken account of the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) who have called for all public bodies to make explicit their preventative measures to minimise the threat of extremism in their setting.
Definitions and Indicators
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
Please note that extremism embraces a wide range of ideologies, and should not be seen as only in the context of Islam, or Black Power. Our young people are just as much at risk from white supremacism.
The school recognises the responsibility to protect children and young people from extreme and intolerant views as these can foster an environment where radicalisation can flourish. The Governing Body will not tolerate extremist activities of any sort.
Aims and Principles
The main aims of this statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.
The principle objectives are that:
- All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school.
- All governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff will know what the school policy is on anti-radicalisation and extremism and will follow the procedures when issues arise.
- All parents and pupils will know that the school has policies in place to keep pupils safefrom harm and that the school regularly reviews its systems to ensure they are appropriate and effective.
- Pupils are supported in making good choices right from when they join the Junior school, so that they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.
The Role of the Curriculum
Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to express themselves through discussions, debates and consultations. The R.E, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Citizenship and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) provision is embedded across the curriculum, and underpins the ethos of the school.
It is recognised that children with low aspirations can often be more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for them.
Our children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet.
Procedures for Referrals
Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred at Brightlingsea Juniors to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the appropriate channels (currently through one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers).
Through INSET opportunities in school, we will ensure that our staff are fully aware of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities that are linked to radicalisation; are aware of the process of radicalisation and how this might be identified early on.
This statement to combat radicalisation will be reviewed annually as part of the Child Protection policy review.
Prevent Strategy HM Government June 2011
Channel: Protecting vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism (A guide for local partnerships) HM Government October 2012