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New duty on schools to counter terrorism

7 May 2015

From 1 July 2015, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 will place a duty on schools to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Recent guidance on the new duty by the DfE provides an overview of the holistic and collaborative approach schools and other agencies and expected to take in a bid to combat terrorism and stop further teenagers from leaving the UK to travel to Syria.

Given that schools are already obliged to promote British values and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, it is difficult to see how this new legal duty will change or add to what schools already do. Sanctions under the new Act are limited and Ofsted’s role in having regard to the school’s approach to keeping pupils safe from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism remains unchanged. The impact the new duty will have on schools is therefore questionable.

We will be holding a free webinar about the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in an education setting on Tuesday 16 June. Click here to find out more and book a place.

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