Prevent Duty

St. Paul's School and the Prevent Duty

St. Paul’s School recognises that Her Majesty’s (HM) Government defines extremism as “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” and “calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.” (The Prevent Duty, June 2015, page 5).

The School recognises its duty includes enabling staff, and others, to identify pupils who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and to know what to do when they are identified.

The School works in partnership with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), the police and other appropriate organisations to enable it to fulfil its statutory responsibilities. It is committed to engage effectively with parents and carers, and to assist and advise anyone who raises a concern.

The School ensures all staff are appropriately trained. The school’s staff induction and training procedures ensure that all staff receive regular training in the Government’s Prevent Strategy. The school’s policies are regularly reviewed with reference to the push and pull factors associated with extremism and radicalisation, and the approaches to teaching that help to build resilience to extremism. The school also adheres to procedures which ensure external speakers do not engage in radicalising activities.

The School provides a safe and secure school environment for pupils and staff. It fulfils its responsibilities in the guidance provided by the Department for Education (DfE) in respect of Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016; Learning Together to be Safe; Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in School November 2014; The Prevent Strategy June 2015; and Teaching Approaches that Help Build Resilience to Extremism among Young People, May 2011.