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Counter-terrorism bill “a step too far”

28 November 2014

The Church of England’s Chief Education Officer has joined the array of critics of the Home Secretary's new counter-terrorism bill which was unveiled on Wednesday. If the bill becomes law, schools will have a legal duty to prevent people, including its students, from being drawn into terrorism. As Ofsted are widely expected to be the regulator of this requirement, Rev. Nigel Genders fears that Ofsted will become a “schoolroom security office”, which is an “unreasonable expectation” to place on inspectors and is “ultimately unfair” on schools.

Schools have recently come under increased scrutiny in the way they promote British values and safeguard their students from extremism and radicalisation. If passed, this new law is likely to increase the pressure on schools to closely monitor student activities, including potentially those which take place outside of school.

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