ASCL responds to UCL report on tackling extremism through the classroom

07/09/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report, ‘Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom’, by researchers at the UCL Institute of Education.
 
Commenting on the report, ‘Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom’, by researchers at the UCL Institute of Education, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Schools have an important role to play in educating young people about the false premises and dangers posed by extremist ideologies, but they cannot do this alone and more support is needed.
 
“The reality is that schools have to juggle multiple demands on their time in the context of packed timetables and severe funding constraints, all at a time when our society has undergone a digital revolution which allows people to spread hateful views at the click of a button.
 
“In these challenging circumstances, schools do their very best to provide young people with the skills and knowledge they need to understand extremism and protect them against its dangers.
 
“However, more time, training and resources are needed in order to ensure all schools are able to deliver effective provision, and the government must work with the education sector to develop and implement a coordinated strategy.
 
“Beyond the school gates, more action is needed to prevent hateful views being spread online, alongside better resourced police services, and more information for families about the dangers posed by extremism and about navigating online technology.”