IS THE UK STILL RACIST, AND WHAT HAVE WE DONE ABOUT IT?

A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Is the UK racist and if so, what do we do about it?’ It was a personal blog written from a place of frustration and pain, and with the hope of building greater understanding between people with different experiences […]

Dark web, gaming and conspiracies. What young people are really talking about in 2020.

An interview with Elise Manon Smith- our specialist consultant facilitator, youth and professionals. The online space has spectacularly shifted this pandemic year for adults and young people as we work, play and stay in touch with loved ones in this virtual world during a bizarre year. But how can we as educators, organisations and parents […]

IS THE UK RACIST AND IF SO, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?

George Floyd: On May 25, a 46-year old black man was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for 526 seconds. The white police officer ignored the pleas of the black man that he was no longer able to breathe. The police officer was unmoving as his eyes closed and his life slipped […]

Talking terrorism with young people -secrets of a youth worker

Secrets of a classroom youth worker by Sean Monaghan Unlike the usual topics of sex, drugs and violence, radicalisation is not cool, sexy or something the general teen can relate to.  I can tell you this because I’m a youth worker engaging with young people on these topics.  Extremism is not quite the temptation that […]

Is teaching about Far Right extremism now different from tackling Islamist extremism?

New issues for teaching about terror are thrown up by the case of Darren Osborne, convicted in January 2018 for murder and attempted murder after he drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a mosque in Finsbury Park, London. Osbourne’s radicalisation process The case was unusual in the speed with which Osborne was ‘radicalised’, […]

Q+A Factsheet: What should teachers do in the event of a terrorist attack?

In light of the Manchester terror attacks, how should schools and teachers respond when there has been a terrorist attack in UK or elsewhere?  Students will be asking questions, talking among themselves, talking with families.  Schools cannot ignore events, however controversial and disturbing it is to raise them.  Here’s our top tips. SIX SUMMARY POINTS […]

Is it safe to invite a former extremist into schools to talk to your students?

At a recent showcase of our films of former extremists talking about their experiences, secondary school students (alongside teachers) were intrigued to meet one of them live, with the opportunity to ask questions. Amongst other things, students were fascinated to know whether Shahid regretted becoming a fighter and being involved in violence.  His answer was complex.  The path that he […]

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