In early 2009, Lancashire Secondary schools were invited to seminars, held in Preston, to seek their views. Research was also conducted with Independent Schools. The feedback was:-
- That the toolkit was not really a toolkit i.e. there were no actual resources to use,
- Some teachers felt lacking in confidence to deal with these sensitive topics
- There were concerns about where these subjects fitted into the demands of the curriculum and discussions on how ‘Prevent’ could be covered within safeguarding frameworks.
- Some schools felt that related issues such as diversity, citizenship and discussion of events occurring nationally and globally were already covered particularly within the PHSE/SEAL/ECM agendas and a few felt that’ Prevent’ was not for them.
The ‘Lancashire Prevent in Education’ group was formed from relevant partners. This group included partners from Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council together with FE and other representatives.
At the outset, the group was assisted by a number of volunteer schools who offered to support this work and look at the issues involved locally. A number of resources were developed by Lancashire Constabulary, partners and providers. These resources were trialled by some of the ‘Champion Schools’. Other Counties showed interest in the work and the products were initially launched across the North West in a hard copy resource folder, with DVD’s inside.
A review of the resources highlighted that these original packs which remain available, were not universally accessible for all schools. In consequence, it was decided to re-produce the materials online and establish what materials schools including those Primary, HE and FE establishments would like to see.
This activity resulted in the original Prevent for Schools (P4S) website being launched in July 2012, initially with a Key Stage 3/4 focus. Further progression quickly identified the absence of quality Primary-focussed resources which were subsequently developed by Lancashire colleagues and launched in May 2013*. Since this time, the P4S site has seen a steady growth across the resources with materials being used across the NW region by both Primary and Secondary colleagues. In 2014, a significant rise in traffic to the site from across the UK was seen and the popularity of P4S has continued to grow since.