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Education and British Values

3. The Prevent Duty

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In this module, we think about the Prevent strategy for countering terrorism as it relates to education. In particular, we focus on (i) the introduction in 2015 of the Prevent duty, which made it a legal obligation for all education providers to actively engage in the prevention of terrorism; (ii) the role of teaching British values in the Prevent duty; (iii) the notion of the securitisation of education, or the turning of educational institutions into part of the national security apparatus, and why this has happened.


In this course, Dr Shaun Best (University of Winchester) explores the role of British values in education in both sociological theory and policy. In the first module, we think about different theoretical perspectives on values and their role in education, focusing especially on the ideas of Émile Durkheim. In the second, we consider education policy around the promotion of British values in schools, before turning in the third module to the Prevent strategy and the duty since 2015 on schools to promote British identity as a means of countering terrorism. In the fourth and final modules, we think about the ideas of Michael Foucault and how they can be used to understand the role of values in education.


Dr Shaun Best is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Winchester. He researches and teaches on social theory, particularly the work of Zygmunt Bauman, and the sociology of education. His recent publications include The Emerald Guide to Zygmunt Bauman (2020), Zygmunt Bauman on Education in Liquid Modernity (2019), and Talcott Parsons: Despair and Modernity (2016).

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