UCU responds to Ofsted report on the Prevent duty in FE

Aug 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Further information

UCU said on Tuesday that vague definitions and inconsistent advice have made it hard for colleges to understand the government’s controversial anti-extremism guidance and protect open discussion and academic freedom. The union was responding to a report from Ofsted that criticised colleges’ efforts in implementing the duty, saying many saw it simply as a tick-box exercise. Responding to the report Sally Hunt said: ‘UCU has consistently warned that the Prevent duty risks doing more harm than good by shutting down debate on contentious topics and creating mistrust between teachers and students. College teachers have always taken their duty of care to students very seriously, so the focus on implementing the Prevent duty is both unnecessary and potentially counterproductive. She told the BBC that the government’s ‘vague definitions of British values and local authorities’ inconsistent advice have offered little help to providers struggling to understand the duty while still protecting open discussion and academic freedom.’





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