Janice Allen

Working within Prevent: ‘Don’t be afraid of Prevent’

One headteacher in Rochdale explains how setting her students a Prevent-themed drama project helped to promote open debate about radicalisation

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“I need to tell you about the Houses of Parliament visit,” said Mr Abdulaleem, our attendance and community officer. “There was a bit of a problem…”

I was concerned. The visit involved a group of our Year 10 and Year 11 boys who, over the previous few months, had led one of our initiatives around the Prevent duty and our exploration of British values. They had previously struggled with attendance, attitude and their approach to learning, but the project, supported by Rochdale Borough Council and M6 Theatre Company, had encouraged the boys to share their thoughts and their writing, and to build ...

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