NEWS & commentary
I was fortunate to be involved in a debate on the question of what schools should do about radicalisation last week. Part of the series of Westminster Faith Debates, the event brought together academics, teachers, and others interested in how to engage most effectively with the question of 'radicalisation' in education.
It was particularly timely as a new bill came into force on the day of the event obliging a range of statutory agents, including teachers, to prevent young people from becoming involved in non-violent and violent extremism. Both the talks from my fellow debaters - Senior Vice Principal Zehra Jaffer, historian Tom Holland, and Prof Paul Thomas - and the questions from the floor raised important and unresolved issues about how to safeguard children and ensure a proportionate response to extremism.
A podcast of the event will be available on the website shortly.