How well is further education implementing the ‘Prevent’ duty?

Further education providers, along with schools, have had a legal duty to implement ‘Prevent’ and reduce the risks of radicalisation and extremism for learners since Sept 2015.  Ofsted have inspected a sample of further education providers to see how well the ‘Prevent ‘ duty has been implemented, during the first academic year since it was made a requirement.

Key findings from the 37 providers visited included:

  • 60% had implemented the Prevent duty well
  • 2 had not implement the duty at all and 13 had been slow to implement
  • The quality of staff training was ineffective in a third of the providers
  • Partnership working was often not effective
  • Nearly half the providers did not adequately protect learners from the risk of radicalisation and extremism when using IT systems

Recommendations of the Ofsted report include:

  • Providers should ensure suitable policies are in place
  • Providers should develop stronger links with partners to form stringent information sharing protocols
  • Staff training should meet the needs of staff, be regular and be linked to safeguarding.
  • Ensure that learners have a good understanding of British values and the risks and threats of radicalisation and extremism
  • Refer to the ‘Prevent’ duty explicitly in IT policies and procedures and closely monitor learners’ use of IT facilities to identify inappropriate usage