About this resource
This video resource is a response to schools' new statutory duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to pay "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism" (read more).
'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 and Sara are experts in the far right and ISIS respectively, teachers are best served by searching the content thematically – there is lots of crossover.
Developing shared values
'Counter-Extremism - narratives and conversations' aims not only to support the safeguarding of young people, but also to facilitate discussion on respect, tolerance, community cohesion and shared values. For example, there is growing evidence, particularly online, of anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment amongst communities and young people in the UK (this recent article highlights an important survey from the charity Show Racism the Red Card on the subject).
Understanding the narrative of extremist organisations, and having the tools to start conversations on these sensitive subjects, enables teachers and professionals working with young people and their parents to break down prejudice and build bridges.
Whilst LGfL primarily designed the resource with teachers in mind, there remains a relevant curriculum context, and the first few months of use have confirmed its classroom relevance. Schools may choose to use the materials in secondary-level Citizenship / PSHE / RE lessons to stimulate debate and disussion on extremism and British Values. Care is recommended when using these videos in class, and the particular context of students should be taken into consideration when planning discussions and work surrounding extremism.
Further reading and recommended links
There are many sources of further information on this topic, and LGfL recommends that schools visit www.extremism.lgfl.net and www.britishvalues.lgfl.net (part of www.e-safety.lgfl.net), which will be regularly updated with the latest advice, legislation and useful links for further reading.
One of the most useful documents on the subject is the 'Prevent Duty Guidance' document produced by HM Government.
LGfL recognises that this is a challenging topic which can be emotive, and that there are different valid viewpoints and nuances. Accordingly, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of LGfL, but do come from a recognised experts in their field who help shape strategy at UK Government level.
Viewing this site
It is always best to use an up-to-date broswer to avoid exposing yourself to security risks. This resource is compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and has been tested with Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11, but will not work with older versions of IE.