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What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

These include:

  • We give very high priority to building relationships with children. Staff members know the children well and are trained to note any subtle changes in behaviour or attitude. Our safeguarding procedures are under constant review.
  • Our e-safety teaching shows children how to stay safe on the internet and we regularly update this. We have worked with the community police to help children gain a better understand about the potential dangers of unsupervised internet access. We take part in the annual National Safer Internet Day, promoting internet safety to both pupils and their families.
  • We work hard to build the Wisborough Green School community and give all children a sense of belonging and responsibility. The children are given roles in the school, these include our School Council, Learning Council, Positive Play Leaders, School Ambassadors, Eco- Warriors, Library Monitors, Technicians, Year 5 Buddies and Sports Captains.
  • We have supported a variety of different local charities.
  • Through our curriculum, we challenge prejudice and discrimination, including homophobia and racism. The children consider the impact of war and our teaching promotes peaceful values throughout our history and RE topics.
  • Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity. Throughout the curriculum and in assemblies we focus on British values, especially the importance of respect, and acceptance of people from different backgrounds.
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy. We also talk about our democratic process; our School Council, Learning Council and Eco- Warrior elections also demonstrate democracy in a practical way. Our ‘Democracy Day’ helps the children to develop a greater understanding about democratic procedures in our society.
  • Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
  • Challenging prejudices and racist comments.
  • We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the Internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils.
  • Celebration assemblies allow children to share their individual talents and feel supported and respected. We organise regular performances throughout the year so that all children make their contribution.

What can parents do?

If you have a concern about someone being possibly drawn to extremism contact The Sussex Police Prevent Team: Telephone: 101 | Ext. 531355
Email: Channel@sussex.pnn.police.uk or prevent@sussex.pnn.police.uk 

You can contact the school and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Caroline Bennett.

External Resources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Frequently asked questions, Prevent for schools: http://www.preventforschools.org/?category_id=38
What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It: http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/ 
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government:
https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/brooke-school/UploadedDocument/0fccf383ca4848b099843c1f8d12e416/prevent-strategy-review.pdf

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