Ofsted Puts Pressure On Teachers to Report Kids
CHILDREN are being referred to the government’s anti-terror programme Prevent by teachers who fear their schools will be marked down by Ofsted, MPs heard yesterday.
The warning came from Tory MP Lucy Allan, also a school governor, who led a Westminster Hall debate on the implementation of the government’s Prevent strategy, which has been condemned as racist.
She said teachers are dreaming up scenarios which might justify referring a pupil as schools now have a legal duty to prevent children being drawn into terrorism.
Children who have been taken on anti-badger-cull marches or Fathers4Justice demonstrations are being suggested for referral, Ms Allan warned.
She said it is clear the government’s flagship anti-terror strategy “is not working” and felt to be intrusive by the communities affected.