Marshall E-Learning launches UK’s first anti-radicalisation course for Colleges and Universities

Diversity and Inclusion Elearning Course

19th June 2015

Marshall E-learning has launched a new course in response to recent legislative changes related to the UK Government’s £40 million national counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST, of which the Prevent strategy is a part.

Guildford College is the UK’s first Further Education College to roll out the new “Inclusive, Cohesive & Safe Campuses and Colleges” course to tackle the issue of integration, understanding and religious freedoms.

One of the requirements of this new legislation is that all Public Sector organisations must take responsibility to ensure they are compliant with the new laws – particularly those who deal with children and vulnerable adults. The new “Inclusive, Cohesive & Safe Campuses and Colleges” course fulfils the legal requirements of the Terrorism and Security Act 2015, while not compromising the values of equality and diversity.

Guildford College engaged Marshall to help them implement a training programme that will assist in educating academic and support staff members to not just address the core of the Prevent strategy, but to actively promote inclusiveness and community on campus.

Universities and colleges have a duty to safeguard their students already, but Marshall’s new course puts into perspective the types of  discussions Higher Education and Further Education employees can and should be having with their students about managing views in a safe environment, including what this means within a diverse society and how best to manage that process.

David Marshall, founder and director of Marshall, explained why they developed the course: “When we spoke to colleagues and clients in the higher education sector about how we could best fulfil their training needs in the wake of the Prevent legislation, the legal and ethical challenges facing campuses became clear. This course is about making your campus more inclusive and caring by helping people to communicate with each other in a positive way. We’ve worked hard to create a course that is within our values.”

Created by Michael Howard and Daniel Whiston, both specialists at Marshall’s, this unique course looks to recast and broaden Universities and Colleges’ views and understanding about what makes an inclusive, cohesive and safe campus. Even though both Michael and Daniel are well experienced in creating elearning courses around similar issues, such as Equality & Diversity; creating the “Inclusive, Cohesive & Safe Campuses and Colleges” course was a challenge:

“Creating the course was a real balancing act”, stated Marshall consultant Daniel Whiston. “We wanted to stick to Marshall’s core values as far as possible and not take advantage of an urgent need among our clients for training in this area. Instead the course we have created – the first of its kind – is a comprehensive look at the issues involved and how universities, colleges and other education institutions can navigate their way through these sensitive issues within a safe environment.”

The course will form part of a suite of courses and will be due to roll out to a little later this year.

If you’d like a free demonstration of this course or would like to find out more about our other elearning courses please get in touch.

Read on for a summary of the course itself.

Inclusive, Cohesive & Safe Campuses and Colleges

Helping to create an organisation that is inclusive whilst free from extremism and radicalisation

Our Inclusive, Cohesive & Safe Campuses and Colleges courses provide an excellent introduction or refresher in understanding the context, range and constituents in dealing with extremism and radicalisation in education. The importance of these areas in education cannot be underestimated – for organisations, students and employees.

Changes in the law now place a statutory requirement on educational organisations to demonstrate what they are doing to prevent extremism and radicalisation escalating into potential or real terrorism.

Our course will enable your organisation to more effectively recognise, manage and implement practical responses to support your safeguarding work in relation to extremism and radicalisation. It will also provide evidence of having due regard to the prevention of extremism and radicalisation successes, and highlight areas for improvement.

After completing this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain and understand why it is important to embed concerns about radicalisation into safeguarding policies
  • Explain and understand why it is necessary to support good campus/college relations between diverse communities with potentially conflicting worldviews
  • Have an overview of challenges from extremism in UK HE/FE sector
  • Explain how radicalisation and potential conflicts between different groups on campus or in colleges can be seen from a safeguarding perspective
  • Understand the PREVENT agenda in the context of; its definition and focus, legal responsibilities (both institutional and individual), practical implications and requirements for sensitivity and cultural empathy
  • Engage with the PREVENT agenda in a wider safeguarding context. In addition to this the course could help your organisation to introduce new perspectives within your existing and new work in areas connected with safeguarding, extremism and radicalisation

If you’d like a free demonstration of this course or would like to find out more about our other elearning courses please get in touch.

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