Since its launch in September 2015, over 200,000 professionals across the Further Education sector have completed the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) Prevent duty support programme1 – funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Those completing the online modules, created and developed by the sector’s national workforce development body, include teachers, trainers, leaders, support staff and governors. The programme is aimed at supporting them to prevent their students from being drawn into terrorism and extremism. Over 70,000 learners have already completed the online modules2 aimed at them.
The Government’s Prevent duty places obligations3 on the Further Education sector “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” and helps learners to understand the dangers of groups which groom people to become extremists. There are a range of legal obligations for practitioners including ensuring:
Leaders have a duty to ensure their staff (and themselves) carry out their legal obligations and have appropriate internal policies and procedures in place. The online modules provide tailored support to those with different roles within Further Education.
The ETF developed a range of modules, funded by the Department for Education, to support professionals and organisations at all levels with the Further Education and training sector. So far, 200,000 people have completed the online modules, two and a half years after they were launched. The modules are also in the Home Office catalogue of approved training for the Prevent duty.
Selina Stewart, the Education and Training Foundation’s Prevent duty expert, said: “The take-up from professionals and institutions shows the high level of commitment the Further Education sector has had in responding to the potential risks posed to their learners by extremism.
“Sadly, these are issues which are not going to disappear in the near future so it is vital that the current level of take-up of the modules continues. None of us would want any of our learners to be groomed by extremists into behaviour which can have devastating consequences for them, their families and of course the victims of any violent extremist action. “
In July 2017, the ETF launched Prevent modules for learners across the Further Education and Training sector called Side by Side2. These free modules are funded by the DfE and cover the dangers of radicalisation and extremism, online safety, deciding what learners can trust, British values and how they can apply them in everyday life. Since their launch, over 70,000 learners have already completed these modules.