Eleanor Busby

‘A girl aged 5 was made to watch beheadings online’

Primary pupils at risk of extremism, but DfE advisers warn of scarce resources

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Pupils as young as 5 are being exposed to violent extremism online, teacher trainers have revealed.

But efforts to tackle the problem are being hindered by a “dearth” of resources for primary teachers and complacency in some schools, government advisers said.

Draft new Department for Education guidance on implementing the government’s Prevent anti-terror strategy, seen by TES, suggests schools could start introducing topics such as radicalisation and extremism to pupils from the age of 4.

But Ann Connor, a DfE specialist adviser on counter-extremism, said she was concerned that primary ...

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