In the Autumn of 2015, The London Grid for Learning (Lgfl) worked with Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, to produce a set of very short videos answering typical questions about Far Right influences. The videos are an excellent resource to help staff, parents and pupils understand the current threats. We have made the videos available via the links below. Where we feel a video has added significance to parents / carers, we have made it available on the page. We hope you find them useful. Find out more at London Grid for Learning's online safety page.
The Extremist Narrative
Before engaging with extremist ideologies and attempting to counter their effects, it is vitally important to understand the narrative that is being presented to young people. Here Matthew Goodwin explains the far-right narrative, its history and impact.
Online Safety and the Role of Parents
The importance of online safety is widely recognised today, but is perceived by many as a daunting topic. Particularly in the field of extremism and radicalisation, parents may be open to guidance from their child's school. Matthew explains in this section how the internet is used by extremists, yet how it remains a valuable source of counter-extremist support.
Reporting & best-practice case study
Schools are now required by law to take measures to protect their pupils from extremism, and all staff (not only teachers) can expect to be challenged on this by Ofsted. Yet some schools remain uncertain about when to make a Channel referral, what this means, and how to be proactive while remaining sensitive.
Values & counter-narrative
Once extremist ideologies and their narratives have been understood, and why they may be appealing to young people, it is important to know how to counter the narrative with respect, and as part of a value-driven discussion.