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Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry

Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher in Charge of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Addey and Stanhope School in London.

This project focused on critical thinking through six Citizenship lessons with Year 9 pupils. Pupils explored concepts of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism from different perspectives and carried out independent and small group research using enquiry methodologies.

Below, you can hear from Ryan and download his case study, scheme of work and resources developed.


  • Case study (pdf)
  • Scheme of work (pdf)
  • Lessons 1 and 2 - introductory work

  • Terrorism (PowerPoint)
  • How are we dealing with terrorism? (PowerPoint)
  • How are people radicalised? (PowerPoint)
  • 'Young, British and radicalised: Why people want to join Islamic State' - BBC article (pdf)
  • 'From Brighton to the battlefield: how four young Britons were drawn to jihad' - Guardian article (pdf)
  • Lessons 3 and 4 - case studies

  • Are all terorists the same? (PowerPoint)
  • Case study of religious extremism (pdf)
  • Case study of political extremism (PowerPoint)
  • Lessons 5 and 6 - reflections

  • Is a Terrorist always a Terrorist? (PowerPoint)
  • South Africa - timeline (pdf)
  • How helpful is government advice to schools in meeting the challenge of radicalisation? (PowerPoint)
  • Prevent Duty Departmental Advice v6 June 2015 (pdf)
  • All teachers involved in The ACT Building Resilience Project worked within the school's safeguarding policies.

    Find out more about The ACT Building Resilience Project and see the work developed by other teachers taking part

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