Just Love: Fighting Radicalisation

Danielle Anne Lynch

I have been thinking about the topics raised for the July #BlogSyncRE ever since they were  released at the start of the month. Two things coincided conveniently for me today which helped to develop my thinking on the idea that teachers in the UK are now supposed to combat radicalisation in schools, under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. These are 3 hours of CPD in Marist Spirituality with the theme “just LOVE” (as styled in the presentation) – obviously with the many levels of ‘just’ and ‘justice’ intended, and which raised the thorny issue of societal pressures on young people and dealing with them justly – and reading Andy Lewis’ blog on radicalisation, which proposes that combating it is merely an extension of the normal safeguarding that goes on in schools. This latter is evidenced in the fact that it is not just RE teachers that are supposed to be…

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