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PhD research on the Prevent duty and British values

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by PhDResearcher, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. PhDResearcher

    PhDResearcher New commenter


    I am a PhD researcher at Queen Mary University of London looking at the impacts of the Prevent duty and fundamental British values on teachers, schools and wider communities in London. The first stage of the research involves teachers completing a short web-based survey (10-15 minutes approximately) and/or taking part in an interview. This is an opportunity for teachers to take part in research and reflect on their practice and whether these duties impact on their role.

    This study will focus only on London so I am keen to hear from teachers who work in London schools. If you agree to take part, please message me and I can send you a link to the survey and we can also schedule a date/time for an interview if you would like to take part. All information gathered will be confidential and anonymised.

    I am happy to speak further about this in detail so please feel free to message me. Alternatively, you can reply to this thread with some thoughts on the above duties.

    Thank you
  2. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Good luck - you will need it.
    Prevent is a knee-jerk reaction to a situation that no one really understands.
    British values do not exist except in the minds of those that invented the 'Prevent' strategy. Democracy and abiding by the rule of law are not uniquely British. Prevent has so far failed to identify and stop anybody that decided to act against us. Why concentrate on London ? do others around the country have less valid views ?
  3. PhDResearcher

    PhDResearcher New commenter

    Hi neddyfonk

    Thanks for your response and your question. I am only focusing on London right now as I have a year to complete the research study and want to get an in-depth understanding of how Prevent and British values operates. Otherwise it would be a much longer study taking several years to do thoroughly. However I'm still interested in reading perspectives from those outside London on the forum! Were you working in education pre-Prevent and British values?
  4. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    I spent 30yrs in IT, then immersed myself in the strange world of educating children by becoming a governor in two primary schools. Although it may be useful to know if a family or friend has convinced a child that there is good reason to hate a members of a specific colour, race, religion, or political viewpoint but children already get a heavy moral diet that tries to get them to be understanding and tolerant. When my son was in primary and a lady confiscated his football that landed in her garden he was outraged and felt quite justified in wanting her to die. Nothing could convince him otherwise. In Victorian times phrenology had a popular following and people were convinced that certain physical characteristics (head shapes) could accurately identify criminal disposition and the courts acted upon it if the defendant looked like a robber or murderer. Prevent has already had a few spectacular failures ( young boy brings a toy gun to school), creates an atmosphere of suspicion and says nothing about how one would go about trying to alter a mindset created by a relative, friend or 'the media' via the internet.

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