Caldew School recognises its duty to protect all students and is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where they feel safe and are kept safe.

Caldew School is committed to tackling extremism and radicalisation. We recognise that extremism and exposure to extremist material and influences can lead to poor outcomes for students and put them as well as others at risk. Extremism and radicalisation is addressed as a safeguarding concern and we also recognise that if we fail to challenge extremist views we are failing to safeguard out students.

What is Prevent?

The Prevent Strategy

  • Responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views;
  • Provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • Works with a range of sectors (including  education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

At Caldew School we share common understanding that safeguarding vulnerable people from radicalisation is no different to safeguarding them from other forms of potential harm.

As a result, any concerns about a child’s welfare (including the threat of radicalisation) are recorded and shared with the schools safeguarding team as detailed above.

All Caldew School staff are legally bound by the counter terrorism and security act (2015) to have: “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” Prevent Duty Guidance, HM Government, 2015

Any such referrals made by our school will be assessed by the Prevent team. If it is thought necessary, the Prevent team will make a further referral to the multi-agency Channel team that support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. the overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they make face.

What is Channel?

How does Channel work?

Channel works by partners jointly assessing the nature and extent of the risk and where necessary, providing an appropriate support package tailored to the individual’s needs.

The three key stages of Channel are:

  • Identify individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism;
  • Assess the nature and extent of that risk; and
  • Develop the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Channel Duty Guidance 2015

Staff have high expectations for pupils’ and students’ behaviour and learning. Pupils and students behave well in lessons and around the school site. They are polite to each other and look out for others in the school.

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Leaders provide effective careers guidance to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13. Clear guidance, including preparation for interviews and ‘Work Ready Days’, helps pupils and students to make considered choices for their next steps.

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There is a strong culture of safeguarding in place, with clear systems to record any concerns. Leaders keep safeguarding relevant to all members of the school community through regular updates, training, alerts and reminders.

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An effective programme of personal development has been created for pupils in key stages 3 and 4. This prepares pupils well for their future, giving them opportunities to have important discussions about healthy relationships, social and moral issues.

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Pupils including students in the sixth form, are proud to attend Caldew School. They feel well supported, happy and safe in this welcoming community. There are high level of trust and respect between pupils, students and staff.

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