Prevent strategy ‘stifles debate and makes teachers feel vulnerable’

Mar 9, 2016 by

Government’s reviewer of terrorism legislation says teachers ‘are watching their backs’ rather than confronting extremist ideology in classrooms

The Prevent strategy is widely felt to be inhibiting free speech in schools and encouraging teachers to avoid “toxic” issues of extremism, according to a government watchdog.

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the way the policy has been implemented left teachers feeling “vulnerable” and reluctant to confront radicalisation.

In some instances, the policy even stops some Muslim parents from talking to their own children in case inaccurate versions of their views are repeated in school, he said.

Giving evidence alongside Anderson to parliament’s joint select committee on human rights, his predecessor, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, called for more checks – on child protection grounds – for after-school madrassas that teach Islam.

Source: Prevent strategy ‘stifles debate and makes teachers feel vulnerable’ | UK news | The Guardian

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