‘(Re)-educating’ radicalising/extremist British Muslims in a neoliberal state’: Perspectives on Prevent and fundamental British values – Professor Humayun Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London
Venue – E22 Faculty of Education
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced a new statutory duty for schools and higher education institutions to have “due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism”. This means that institutions now have a statutory duty to engage with the government’s Prevent agenda, of which prevention of radicalisation and extremism form a crucial part. However, it also states that in meeting the statutory duty, education institutions must have particular regard to the duty to ensure freedom of speech and the importance of academic freedom.
In the months that have passed since the enactment of this Act, the implementation of its provisions, in education in the context of a variety of developments in Britain and abroad, has raised a number of questions regarding the potential conflict between the former and latter duties. This paper seeks to reflect and offer perspectives on the emerging discourses regarding the experience/effect/impact of these provisions on Britain’s Muslim communities in education.
This event is part of a new series on ‘Education’ organised by EHU’s Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar for 2015/2016.
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