Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU


The Prevention of Radicalisation and Extremism

Birchfield Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

The Prevent duty is ‘the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’ (The Prevent duty – Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers June 2015)

At Birchfield, we need to ensure we protect children from the risks of radicalisation and extremism through our safeguarding procedures. We also need to provide a safe environment in which controversial issues can be discussed and build our pupils’ resilience and self-esteem to enable them to challenge extremist views. At Birchfield, we have made all staff aware of our responsibilities under the Prevent duty.

Through our RE and PSHE curriculum and our work on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, including fundamental British values, we will enable children to explore a wide range of issues safely.

Members of staff and governors have undergone Prevent Duty online training either through the Local Authority or through GOV.UK Prevent Duty Training. 

What is radicalisation?

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind

What is extremism?

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views

Further Information

Leeds Prevent – Online Safety Advice for Parents

One Minute Guide to Radicalisation


Two animated 2-minute explainer films about Prevent have now been added to the ACT Early website and our partners’ toolkit. You can find them on the website here:

The films are aimed at a general public, concerned friends and family audience, and provide an introduction to Prevent and to the work of Prevent officers. By improving understanding of Prevent and explaining the way we work with partners, we hope more people will be encouraged and assured to seek help at an earlier stage where appropriate.