• Counter-Extremism
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  • Counter-Extremism
  • Counter-Extremism

Counter Extremism

Counter Extremism

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Subject: Citizenship Health

Video resource with Sara Khan.

January 2016 update: The Home Office / DfE have launched a joint counter-extremism initiative for teachers and parents called 'Educate against Hate'. LGfL is proud to be included on the teacher training page of the educateagainsthate.com website, where Counter-Extremism: narratives and conversations is recommended as an excellent teacher-training resource.

Extremism is not a new topic in education, but schools have a relatively new statutory duty to pay "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". In response to this challenging and serious new responsibility, LGfL has worked with leading extremism experts specialising in ISIS and the far right to provide information, insights and advice to help schools navigate this difficult area.

'Counter-Extremism: narratives and conversations' is designed for all UK schools and children's services. It aims to be clear, self-explanatory and easy to use by class teachers, school leadership teams, and non-teaching staff alike. It can help guide higher-level strategy formation, and is just as helpful for provoking discussion and reflection on an individual basis.

The resource should not only build professionals' confidence in safeguarding young people, but also help in challenging anti-Muslim sentiment and promote shared values and community cohesion. There are 30 question-based clips in all; whilst Matthew Goodwin and Sara Khan are experts in the far right and ISIS respectively, teachers are best served by searching the content thematically – there is lots of crossover.

The ISIS expert is Sara Khan from counter-extremism and women's rights organisation Inspire. Sara, whose opinions are often sought by government and mainstream media outlets, gives her own measured responses from many years of experience in the field. She offers information, insights and advice to help schools navigate this difficult area, explains how mainstream Islam and ISIS are worlds apart, and lays out principles that apply to all forms of extremism, including the far right. Our expert on UK and European far-right extremism is Matthew Goodwin. Matthew is a Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House; he has served on a government working group and is often quoted in the national press. Matthew is keen to use engagement and understanding to combat extremism, and stresses that a policy of "no outsiders in our school" is key to undermining radicalisation attempts.

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