Students with SEN can be particularly susceptible to extremist propaganda and messages, putting them at risk of radicalisation. Sara Alston looks at what schools can do to support these young people
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The government’s Prevent strategy was first introduced in 2007. Since then it has evolved in response to changing terrorist and extremist threats.

In 2015, it was extended to schools, with new reporting requirements and the teaching of Fundamental British Values. A revised version of the government’s guidance came into force on December 31, 2023 (HM Government, 2023).

This was then further adapted earlier this year when the government redefined the definition of extremism (DLHC, 2024).

It states: “Extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred, or intolerance, that aims to (1) negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others or (2) undermine, overturn, or replace the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights, or (3) intentionally creates a permissive environment for others to achieve the results in (1) or (2).”

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