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TRAINING CONCERNS AS FE PREPARES TO PREVENT TERRORISM

TRAINING CONCERNS AS FE PREPARES TO PREVENT TERRORISM

Sector leaders have complained about “patchy” government support for providers joining the battle against the radicalisation of learners, after a survey indicated that 45 per cent of FE staff were not trained for the task.

From September 21, FE institutions will be subject to the prevent duty, which requires them to put policies in place to prevent potential radicalisation of learners and exposure to extremism.

But the results of a new survey of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) members working in English FE colleges, which was published on Friday (September 18), indicated that 45 per cent of those questioned had not had any training in how to stop students being drawn into terrorism.

The survey, carried out with 157 respondents at the end of last term, also indicated that 29 per cent of staff were not aware that FE colleges would be subject to the duty.

It comes after the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, warned on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday (September 17) that the terrorist threat to the UK was now rated as severe, meaning an attack is likely. Read more...

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