By Fiona Maida, Education consultant, Leeds. I am sitting here writing this piece, four days ahead of the American election, when the most powerful democracy on earth will choose the leader of the ‘free world’. Whoever wins the election (we now know that this is Donald Trump), and by the time you read this blog, […]
So, what’s the link between Henry VIII and ISIS beheadings? What’s British about British Values? What’s the Prevent Duty? What are safe spaces and how do we conduct difficult discussions in schools? Can a young person wear a wristband supporting Palestine? What does Ofsted inspect around Prevent? Critiques of the UK government’s Prevent strategy […]
Zubeda Limbada and Professor Lynn Davies. Those who join ISIS are often swayed by the sense of belonging or excitement they feel a caliphate offers. Since 9/11, there has been a trend of referring to terrorist attacks as “new terror,” which falsely and unhelpfully severs current acts from the longer history of political violence. There […]
Professor Lynn Davies: At the 2016 Conservative party conference, the British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the workings of the rootless ‘international elite’ with the words “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere”. Global citizenship education (GCE) has struggled over the years with the somewhat amorphous notion of […]
What do you think of when you hear the words “terrorist”, “extremist”, “insurgent”, “rebel”? Who do you think of? Is it pictures of Osama Bin Laden that come to mind? Or maybe Anders Breivik, Che Guevara, Bobby Sands or one of the 7/7 bombers? Jennifer Eggert shares her views.
Professor Lynn Davies & Zubeda Limbada After Ofsted’s thematic review into Prevent found “a worrying number of providers struggling to implement the duty”, Zubeda Limbada and Lynn Davies explain how to spot signs of radicalisation. The actual wording of the Prevent duty on educational institutions is that they need to have ‘due regard to the […]
This article first appeared on the St Giles Trust blog in September 2016 Our guest blogger CJ welcomes that the issue of sexual harassment in schools is being addressed and explains how SOS+ can help. The shocking and saddening statistic from the Women’s Equalities Committee (published 13 September) report which shows nearly 59% of girls […]
Hard power is not enough to counter violent extremism based on hatred and ignorance. How can education help? What should we do to build resilience to propaganda among youth around the globe? How should schools address the issue? Should teachers have a surveillance role?
Professor Lynn Davies BLOG: The recent antics by some coastal authorities in France to ban burkinis have reignited the debates on secularism. The attempt has also reignited some of the myths about secularism – that it is the same as atheism, or that it is an enemy of religion. There are many different versions of […]
Professor Lynn Davies & Zubeda Limbada With concerns about home-grown terrorism, or young people going off to fight in Syria, it is not surprising that a growing number of families may be worried that their children or relatives might be drawn into extremism. We try to answer some questions – starting with definitions (although it […]