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ISIS (IS, ISIL, Da'esh)

In the Autumn of 2015, The London Grid for Learning (Lgfl) worked with Sarah Khan, director of Inspire to produce a set of very short videos answering typical questions about ISIS 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.  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 Sarah Khan explains the ISIS narrative and why it is having an impact on some young people.

What is the ISIS Narrative?

Is the 'caliphate' seen as legitimate by Muslims?

Why do certain groups of young people engage with this ISIS narrative?

Online safety & 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. Choose a question from the following to see Sara Khan's advice:

How significant is the role played by the Internet and social media?









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. Here Sara Khan addresses the concerns schools may have about this new responsibility.

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 most important message about Islam that counters the ISIS viewpoint?

What can we say to young people who believe ISIS narratives about the West hating Muslims?

Can you reommend trustworthy and well respected sources of information about Islam that present the moderate viewpoint?

How can we demonstrate the girls / women have more freedoms and are more empowered in the UK than ISIS claims?

What is your interpretation of fundamental British values?