St Benet's Catholic Primary School

Prevent Duty

Preventing Radicalisation in school

Building resilience in our young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. We do this by providing a safe place in which children can discuss issues, and we aim to give them the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies. Our new prevent duty, is carried out under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires us to take steps to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism. We take this duty seriously and carry out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies. If we assess a child as at risk, we will refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

 In terms of training, staff have received training to familiarise them with the Prevent Duty and our DSL are undertaking WRAP training. (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent). In terms of internet safety, we ensure suitable filters are in place to keep children away from extremist materials, in keeping with Suffolk guidelines. We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of children in our care.

What we do if there is a concern

If we have a concern about a particular pupil we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support. We may also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to us in confidence about concerns and help us gain access to support and advice.

The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident In an emergency situation we will follow the recommended emergency procedures.

DSL and Prevent Lead – Mrs Sam Barlow

Alternate Safeguarding Lead - Miss Amanda Lyons and Miss Carol Roberts


Information Sharing Agreement between Suffolk County Council & Schools Reported incidents of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA)  click here


Our three rules are simple and easy to remember by all - we are ready, we are respectful and we are safe. Please see our relationship policy for more details


Links to Policies   

 Safeguarding Policy during COVID-19

Accessibility Plan

Admission Policy

Admissions Form 

 Anti-bullying and Peer on Peer Abuse Policy

Attendance Policy - MAT

Calculation and Progression of Skills

Complaints Policy

CPSWV Policy-online-safety-policy

Computing Policy

Curriculum Policy

Drugs Policy

e-Safety Policy

2019 English Policy 

Equality Policy - MAT

Educational Visits Policy

Early Years

Handwriting Policy

The Catholic Schools of the Waveney Valley LAC Policy

Maths Policy

Medical Needs Policy

PE policy 2019

Religious Education and Collective Worship Policy

Remote Learning Policy 2020 CPSWV

Relationships Sex Ed Policy 

Relationship/Behaviour Policy

Addendum to behaviour policy Covid 19

Safeguarding Policy 2019

 SEN Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy


Equality Objectives

The Catholic Schools of the Waveney Valley

Equality Information and Objectives - Information for school website

Public Sector Equality Duty (Updated February 2019)

(The following information should be read in conjunction with the CMAT Equality & Diversity Policy)


Public Sector Equality Duty

 We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender (including issues of transgender, and of maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief and sexual identity.


We welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.


We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.


 The Catholic Schools of the Waveney Valley are inclusive schools. We value every member of the community within a caring and supportive environment and is deeply committed to the principles of equality.


We promote positive and respectful relationships and encourage everyone to actively contribute to ensuring equality of opportunity in all aspects of school life, by the daily living out of Gospel values.


Through our policies and practices we strive to eliminate all forms of discrimination that may prevent pupils or staff form achieving their full potential.


We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our strong commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.


Our approach to equality is guided by the following key principles:

 1. All learners and adults in our school community are of equal value

2. We recognise and respect difference

3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging

4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development

5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.

6. We consult and involve widely

7. Society as a whole should benefit

8. We base our policies and practices on sound information

9. Our objectives are measurable


The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.

We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.


We eliminate discrimination by:

 ·        Adoption of the CMAT Equality & Diversity Policy and Action Plan

·         Accessibility Plan

·         Strict adherence to our Relationship Policy that ensures that all children feel safe at school and any prejudicial bullying is swiftly addressed

·         Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents

·         Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils, is broad and balanced and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping

·         Reviewing PSHE (including SRE, physical activity and healthy eating) and impact of improvements made

·         Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success

·         Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary

·         Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision

·         Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.


We advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it by:


We advance equality of opportunity by:

·         Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention

·         Ensuring participation of parents/carers and pupils in school development

·         Actively encourage all pupils to participate in all aspects of school life eg clubs, Mini Vinnies, Student Council, Play Leaders, Peer Mediators and eliminate barriers to inclusion

·         Listening to parents/carers

·         Listening to pupils at all times

·         Issues relating to protected characteristics are carefully considered when appointing staff, to ensure decisions are free form discrimination


We foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it by:

We foster good relations by:

Promoting an ethos of mutual trust and respect, where all are treated with dignity and stereotypes are challenged

·         Ensuring that our schools are seen as community schools within our local community

·         Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.

·         The Local Governing Body is representative of the community it serves

·         Vulnerable students are supported by Pupil Premium Champions


Equality Objectives 2019

We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.

 In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we

have set the following objectives:


Objective 1: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by ethnicity, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.


Objective 2: To continue to narrow the gaps in achievement for vulnerable learners, particularly progress in Writing across the curriculum.


 Objective 3: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.