You may have heard mention of “Prevent” in the media recently – all staff, including tutors, need to be aware of the new Prevent Duty which is a legal requirement from July 2015.

Prevent is one of the elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter terrorism strategy.

Prevent is about safeguarding our learners to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways

What are my responsibilities, as a tutor?

You should:
  • do the training in the Prevent Duty, which providers should organise
  • be aware of when it is appropriate to refer concerns about students, learners or colleagues to the Prevent officer, usually the provider’s safeguarding officer
  • exemplify British values of “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs” into your practice

There should be a fair amount of overlap with existing Equalities and Diversity and Safeguarding practice, in effect.

For more information, please see the following websites:

Also, the Prevent Duty will be on the agenda at our Tutor Briefings for 2015-16 contracts – put the dates in your diary now and book your place via your manager!

Friday 21st August, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford 1:30 – 4pm

Thursday 3rd September, Lichfield Library 1:30 – 4pm

Friday 4th September, Newcastle Library 10am – 12:30pm

Monday 7th September, 1 Staffordshire Place Stafford 5-7:30pm

Friday 11th September, Burton upon Trent Library 10am – 12:30pm

Other items on the agenda will be:

  • Changes to the Common Inspection Framework
  • Overview of the Professional Standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment and self-assessment using the Education and Training Foundation Toolkit
  • Understanding the requirements of RARPA Audits (2015/16)
  • Digital literacy CPD
  • Methods for sharing information
  • Feedback from focus group 14/15 on Bullying/Cyber-bullying

Sessional tutors will be paid £40 for attendance at the briefings.

In the meantime, have a lovely summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!



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