Sue Freestone

Anti-terror strategy should not prevent collaboration

Independent schools have a long history of integrating overseas students into British life, writes this headteacher – so why aren’t state schools making more use of their expertise?

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I’m sure that the government’s counter-terrorism Prevent strategy was conceived with the very best of intentions. With the UK struggling to control home-grown extremism, there was understandable pressure to do something.

However, a year on from the implementation of the new guidelines, the strategy is felt by many to be stifling free speech in schools and encouraging teachers to avoid “toxic” issues of extremism.

As always in such cases (or so it seems) the innocence of the blameless majority is compromised by our efforts to control the activities of the few.

I do not underestimate the ...

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