Prevent anti-extremism strategy creating ‘suspicion in the classroom’

Jun 26, 2016 by

The National Union of Teachers has voted to scrap the government’s Prevent strategy

The new obligation on teachers to refer pupils to police if they suspect them of extremism is creating a culture of “suspicion in the classroom”, teachers have warned.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted to scrap Prevent after a series of speakers complained that they were under-trained for its requirements and that schools were starting to stay away from controversial subjects for fear of having to act on comments made by pupils.

The vote comes after a report in the Times Educational Supplement that Prevent referrals from education are exceeding those from the police since the anti-extremism requirement was placed on schools last July.

“Some teachers are scared,” Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the ATL teaching union, told the magazine.

Source: Prevent anti-extremism strategy creating ‘suspicion in the classroom’

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