The Latymer School is committed to provide a first class, liberal education where pupils achieve their full potential and show consideration for others. As part of this commitment the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that develops students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding (SMSC). Through ensuring students’ SMSC development, the school promotes community cohesion and fundamental British values.
We believe that the school should be a safe environment in which students can understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and extremist ideas, and learn how to challenge these. It is also very important that we explore diversity with our students to promote a mutually respectful and inclusive environment. Assemblies, form time activities and curriculum lessons are used to address diversity and respect which is in turn modelled through all aspects of school life.
This objective is consistent with the aims and goals of the school:
- To help pupils develop lively enquiring minds, apply themselves to tasks and acquire practical skills and knowledge that are valued both for their own sake and for the broader good of society.
- To ensure that school life is valued for itself as well as a preparation for adulthood and employment.
- To help pupils develop the ambition and self-esteem to realise their full potential.
- To encourage pupils to be aware of and understand their own and others’ feelings.
- To assist pupils to develop an understanding of and respect for the beliefs and values of others.
- To provide a wide range of opportunities for all pupils.
- To help pupils understand the world and the interdependence of individuals, communities and nations.
- To help pupils understand the consequences for the environment of their actions and those of others.
- To encourage pupils to contribute to the common good both now and in the future.
We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society. We fully recognise the contribution we can make to promoting the welfare of young people and protecting them from harm.
The Policy for the Prevention of Extremism and Radicalisation sets out our strategies and procedures to protect vulnerable students from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views.
The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support. We ensure that staff, governors and students have an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school. Through training all staff know what the school policy is on tackling extremism and radicalisation and how to respond when concerns arise.
‘Extremism’ is defined in the 2011 Prevent strategy as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.
'Radicalisation' refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism.