Prevent...and the world we live in.
The world we live in is sometimes a scary and unpredictable place. There are things going on that we'd rather our children didn't have to hear about. Sometimes, it's tricky finding the right balance when it comes to explaining events, that as adults, we find hard to comprehend.
During our INSET day, all the St. Stephen's completed Prevent training. Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.
All schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
Importantly, schools can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves. As part of our comprehensive PSHE and wider curriculum, we help our children develop their sense of self-worth, identity and belonging as part of keeping themselves and others healthy and safe.
We explore many issues relating to friendships, feelings, online safety, personal safety, diversity, challenging stereotypes, gangs, positive relationship, media bias and sources of help. We also help our children develop the following skills: decision-making, assessing reliability of information & critical thinking, managing peer influence, recognising manipulation, managing risk and knowing when and how to seek help. We help to develop the following attitudes/ attributes across all area of the curriculum: self-confidence, assertiveness, empathy, aspirations, tolerance, positive mental wellbeing and resilience.
We watched the following video which has been produced by the NSPCC and The Times, which may be of interest to you.