At Activate Learning, we pride ourselves on celebrating our diverse community of staff and students, with its many different ethnicities and religions. We think that all students should feel confident about who they are and comfortable in expressing their views.
We strive to create an environment where students learn to grapple with real life issues and form well considered opinions. Many of our students may be faced with pressures from others in connection with a range of complex issues.
We want all our students to feel safe secure and to be tolerant towards all cultures and religions and we are supportive of the UK Government’s PREVENT strategy.
Introducing the PREVENT strategy
The PREVENT strategy is designed to protect young people potentially at risk of being radicalised. To help us identify when someone may be being radicalised, we look at a number of factors, such as:
Sudden change in their appearance (for example, style of clothing)
High absence rate from college, without a clear reason for this
Losing interest in friends or activities not associated with a particular ideology, with their behaviour becoming focused on an extreme idea or cause.
Possessing or being associated with material or symbols associated with an extremist cause, communicating with suspected extremists or visiting websites and social media sites associated with extremism.
Activate Learning fully endorses the PREVENT strategy that:
'helps to protect young people and vulnerable adults from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect young people from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values.'
'Colleges have an important role to play in PREVENT, particularly in ensuring balanced debate as well as freedom of speech. They also have a clear responsibility to exercise their duty of care and to protect the welfare of their students. Staff can identify and offer support to students who may be drawn into extremism.'
We take seriously our duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students. This includes protecting them where we consider necessary from activities and links with organisations that may endanger themselves and others. We are mindful of our responsibilities under the PREVENT Duty regarding protecting students from radicalisation and extremism, under safeguarding and child protection legislation and under the Equality Act.
Keeping our students safe
All students at Activate Learning colleges are given information on staying safe at college and in the community. They are told about appropriate behaviour, both online and offline. We do follow up and refer any inappropriate or concerning behaviour, working closely with a range of agencies, such as the police and social care.
Our Safeguarding team is always available to discuss any issue you may be concerned about. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss any concerns.
We expect everyone in the Activate Learning community to behave responsibly and to respect other people's rights. This is why Activate Learning students sign the code of conduct when they enrol and take part in equality and diversity initiatives during their time with us.
We are committed to freedom of expression within the law. We have a duty as an educational body to protect health, morals, rights and reputations of other people and prevent disorder or crime. This means that we will not provide a platform for any speaker or organisation that we consider promotes violence, religious hatred, or racist, sexist or homophobic views, which are contrary to our equality and diversity policy and likely to be unlawful.
A key priority for us is not only to develop you through teaching and learning, but also to:
Develop your personal skills
Strengthen your critical thinking skills
Get you ready for employment by demonstrating and expecting behaviour that industry employers will seek when interviewing potential candidates
Due to this, we have developed our “Big Debate” curriculum. Throughout the year your tutor will provide you opportunities to discuss and debate hot topics such as; the EU referendum and what leaving the EU means for us, the impact of bullying and how prevalent this is in today’s society and radicalisation – what is it and how are people drawn in to take part in criminal or extreme behaviours by other people?
This is all aimed to assist in making you a well-rounded individual who has a great understanding of the wider world and to contextualise your learning. Most of all, this curriculum will support you in making informed choices in life and allow you to identify when you are being confronted with ideology that may challenge our values as a college, community or country.