Prevent Duty

What is the prevent duty?

From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

Schools can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. However, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.

What is radicalisation?

Radicalisation is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that can reject or undermine the status quo or  reject and/or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

What is extremism? 

Today, the 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”.

What are British Values? 

There are currently four values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

Promoting British values helps tackle radicalisation. At Roseberry Primary School, we believe that our vision and our mission statement support the development of these values. We believe that our school ethos is based on respect for all and promotes preparation for the future:

Respect for all; promoting excellence; successful confident individuals

For more information on how British Values is embedded in our curriculum, please see our Curriculum, British Values and Online page.

For an overview of British Values at Roseberry Primary School, please click the link.

Support for Parents

Should you wish to find out more about The Prevent Duty, please access

In addition, the website below gives practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation