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Far Right

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.

What is the far-right narrative?

What is the history of far right in Britain?

Why are young people vulnerable to the far-right narrative?

What is the role of anti-semitism in the far right?

What symbols are assotiated with the far right?

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.






How can schools use the internet to push back against extremism?

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.

Some teachers are worried they are being asked to spy on their students; are they?

A case study.

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.

What is the role of values in countering extremism?

What can teachers do if students are sharing extremist propaganda?

Next steps: how can teachers find out more about counter-extremism?

What can we say to young people who say all immigrants are bad?