The Prevent duty: your responsibilities

All schools must comply with the Prevent duty. Understand your responsibilities, why staff training should be tailored to your school's context and learn how Ofsted inspects the Prevent duty.

Last reviewed on 1 December 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Your responsibilities
  2. Staff training
  3. Concerns about staff
  4. How Ofsted inspects the Prevent duty

Your responsibilities

The Prevent duty requires your school to “have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism," according to Home Office guidance.

Refresh your knowledge about the Prevent duty with our 1-page summary.

Teach a broad and balanced curriculum

If you're a state-funded school, your curriculum must:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. As part of this, you should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
  • Promote community cohesion

If you're an independent school, your curriculum must: 

  • Promote fundamental British values as part of the broader requirements relating to the quality of education and to promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils