All schools have an obligation to protect pupils under their safeguarding procedures. Defending pupils' wellbeing and minimising negative impacts on their school experiences is vital to helping them flourish in schools. As educators, school staff are in the vanguard in recognising detrimental influences and behaviours that impact young people.

Knowing how to identify and tackle bullying (in all its forms) and exposure to potential extremism and radicalisation is critical. As such, schools have a duty to ensure staff receive adequate training to identify and address activities that expose young people to these vulnerabilities. This five-unit course equips staff to identify and respond to concerns of bullying, radicalisation and extremism.

Aims and outcomes

  • Ensure that all staff understand the various forms of bullying and how they impact young people.
  • Inform staff about the signs and indicators for extremism and radicalisation.
  • Ensure a whole-school approach to support staff and pupils with consistent policies and practice.
  • Equip staff with strategies to deal with incidents.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Preventing prejudice-based bullying: a whole-school approach
  • Unit 2: Understanding prejudice-based bullying
  • Unit 3: Using the school anti-bullying policy
  • Unit 4: Preventing and tackling cyberbullying
  • Unit 5: Preventing extremism and radicalisation


Elizabeth Smith provides training, advice and support to school based staff, and delivering individual and group interventions to children and young people aged 3 to 19.  She has taught in mainstream and special education settings in and around...

Nicola Harvey is a former senior teacher and pastoral lead with a specialism in special educational needs and mental health. She is also a published author, with over 15 years experience, and has worked with many teachers, parents and students to...