Chalkface Challenges for Governors: Preventing Violent Extremism

A large part of our role as leaders and governors is to support young people so they develop their talents and feel they have a stake in society. Extremist thinking disrupts these objectives, which is why it’s so important teachers are supported to help young people talk about their fears and concerns in ways that keep them both informed and safe.

Chalkface Challenges is new development session designed specifically for governors. It’ll give you the skills you need to support teachers to tackle extremism head on. The session will show governors:

  • how you can support teachers to have difficult conversations with students and parents
  • how governors can create a culture in which sensitive topics can be discussed openly
  • how safeguarding judgements are sometimes clouded by preconceptions and stereotypes

Chalkface Challenges will help you:

  • meet requirements set out in paras 64-68 of the Prevent Duty guidance;
  • meet requirements contained in articles 3, 12, 13, 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • and contribute towards achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating for ‘Personal development, behaviour, and welfare’ in Ofsted section 5 inspections.

But this is about more than just ticking boxes. Chalkface Challenges recognises that you are part of team responsible for developing young people who can navigate the complexity of a diverse society.

Monday 9 May 2016, 5.30-7.30pm. Sessions are being held at mac, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, B12 9QH

We're pleased to offer free places. Attendance must be booked in advance, however.

Follow this link to book using Eventbrite:

Here's what participants said about a similar Chalkface Challenges session that we ran for teachers:

"This was absolutely excellent; the facilitators were great!"

"We need this delivered in our school"

"This really gave me the skills to challenge extremist views"

"I really found the exercises on differentiated citizenship useful. I'll definitely be taking that back to share with my colleagues!"

brap is a charity transforming the way we think and do equality. We support organisations, communities, and cities with meaningful approaches to learning, change, research, and engagement. Since 2006, brap facilitators have delivered equality and inclusion training to over 1,500 staff in children’s centres, schools, and colleges in Birmingham. Most recently, brap – in conjunction with the Birmingham Schools Prevent Lead – facilitated a series of seminars on using psychologically informed tools to create healthy environments for students. The seminars were held following requests from practitioners wanting to respond to some of the issues raised by the Trojan Horse affair and the wider PVE agenda. In 2015, brap organised a seminar, which brought together councillors, head teachers, teachers, parents, governors, and other stakeholders to understand the impact and legacy of the Trojan Horse affair. A write-up of the event, along with other reports brap produced analysing the incident, are available here.