Christchurch, New Zealand attack

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15 Mar 2019

The attack in Christchurch, New Zealand today is likely to be discussed by students and teachers in schools across the UK and beyond. It can be difficult to ensure these conversations are conducted in a calm, thoughtful and rational way, but we must try. Talking about subjects such as terrorism can ignite wider discussions about politics, history or prejudice, which are so important in helping young people understand the world around them.

The overwhelming advice seems to be that teachers and parents should be proactive in these conversations, not reactive. There is a huge amount of information for children and young people to absorb after shocking events such as this, and adults can help make sure they feel able to talk about any confusion and fears.

Schools need to provide a safe space where terrorism is discussed openly, so that students can understand what it means and develop the knowledge required to challenge inaccuracies. Good-quality resources are crucial, the following are some information as to how to approach the topic of terrorism with pupils

Educate Against Hate gives parents, teachers and governors practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. The site’s resources, which includes those for teachers and school leaders are all endorsed by the Department for Education.

Talking to children about terrorists attacks – useful advice

The PSHE Association - see discussing a terrorist attack with children, although this is aimed at primary it is very useful for secondary schools as well.

The Brighton Prevent team made attached presentation (download below),


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Last updated: 15 Mar 2019

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