This section gives information about preventing violent extremism in schools and promoting community cohesion.
Ofsted inspects how schools carry out safeguarding and other duties, including the effectiveness of these arrangements to ensure there is safe recruitment. This includes the approach to keeping pupils safe from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism, including what is done when it is suspected pupils are vulnerable.
Prevent in schools
School inspections will consider how well leadership in schools ensures the curriculum prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern, multi faith, multicultural Britain. This includes the promotion of fundamental British values including tolerance and mutual respect through spiritual, moral and social and cultural aspects of learning.
The particular issues facing school communities will vary across the county, and schools must know their context and be prepared to recognise local challenges. We work closely with Northumbria Police to ensure good lines of communication are maintained between schools and the local police force.
Schools with concerns about staff and links to violent extremism should contact the local authority designated officer (LADO).
If your concerns are about pupils or community members,
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 101 Ext 63854
If you are concerned about hate crime or radicalisation in school and the surrounding community:
Michelle Redfern (4514)
Community Engagement Officer
Northumberland Area Command
There is also a confidential and free national counter-terrorism hotline
0800 789 321
Good community cohesion demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and celebrating difference. Through combatting prejudice-based bullying and discrimination, it aims to broaden the horizons of pupils.
Citizenship and PSHE education offer opportunities to teach about good relationships, respect and democracy
Responsible citizenship also provides evidence of a school’s compliance with the legal equalities requirement to foster good relations.