- April 24, 2013
- Posted by: Faith Associates
- Category: Case Study
Supporting schools and local authorities in the South East of England
Faith Associates is supporting local authorities and their schools for the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) through the Government Office for the South East Region in taking forward the Working Together to be Safe Toolkit.
We are providing specialist advice and support to priority local authorities rolling out the Toolkit to their schools. As part of the work in 2009-10 a range of resources were developed by Faith Associates based on assessed need. Electronic versions of the documents in PDF format are downloadable from the DCSF web site along with an accompanying presentation:
The Audit Tool helps governors, school managers and curriculum leaders assess their current practice and helps them to identify priorities for improvement when addressing their response to the DCSF ‘Toolkit Working together to be safe’. The tool provides a framework to review school’s current practice to build on the universal, targeted and specialist work identified in the Toolkit and develop it further, in conjunction with other activities that are taking place locally. The tool covers: Leadership and Values; Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum; Pupil Support and Challenge; and, Managing Risk and Responding to Events.
This guide independently reviews and provides an outline of a selection of Prevent (Preventing Violent Extremism) resources available to support teaching and learning in educational settings. The resources were reviewed and presented to teachers, resulting in this guide. The review of each resource provides: the title and publisher; a summary: What is it about?; issues to think through before using the resource: What should I consider?; how to access the resource: Where is it available from?; and a summary of the potential links to other teaching and learning: How does it link?
This summary helps schools see how curriculum initiatives they may have in their school contribute to the Teaching, learning and the curriculum aims of the Prevent Toolkit: ’a curriculum and pedagogy which promotes knowledge, skills and understanding to build the resilience of pupils and explore controversial issues’. Following an outline of each initiative an example of its contribution to teaching, learning and curriculum is provided.
The curriculum initiatives that support building the resilience of pupils and exploring controversial issues are those that: promote pupils’ wider skill development; encourage active citizenship and pupil voice, building young people’s confidence in discussing and engaging in difficult personal issues; and, increase school staff confidence in engaging young people in discussing controversial issues.