The Prevent Duty – Oxford Grove Primary School

The Prevent Duty

  • In June 2015, the Department for Education (DfE) published guidance on ‘The Prevent duty’ which prescribes legal responsibilities on all schools in the UK. The Prevent duty is part of our wider safeguarding duties to protect children from harm. In particular, the Prevent duty requires Oxford Grove to assess the risk of our pupils being drawn into radicalisation and extremism, and it requires our staff to be able to identify and respond to children who are vulnerable to radicalisation.

    The DfE’s guidance defines radicalisation as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.” It 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.”

    This will not affect how we educate our pupils on controversial, religious and political matters. It is also important to remember that these definitions do not only apply to any one particular religious or political stand-point. They apply to all political and religious views that are imposed upon others, or oppose the fundamental British values, to extreme levels.