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Teaching controversial issues

Good citizenship education requires exposure to different points of view so people can explore them, understand them, challenge them and deepen their own understanding of the world.

This means tackling many issues that are controversial, sometimes even taboo, which can be a tough call for teachers.

Since 1 July 2015, schools in England must adhere to the Prevent Duty to protect their students from radicalisation. The Government agrees that the best way to do this is by exposing students to the complexities of modern life and different points of view.

However, many teachers are frightened that they will be in danger of spreading extremist views inadvertently.

Helping teachers unpack such issues safely and usefully has always been at the heart of our work.

A few years ago we produced guidance for schools on dealing with the British National Party and other radical groups and, earlier, on teaching controversial issues. Although some of the references are of their time, the general principles still hold.

In spring 2015, we published Talking about values in the classroom, which introduces teachers to a method of working that develops students' skills of thinking and talking about moral issues.

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