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Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media

Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Priory School in Portsmouth.

This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills through three Citizenship lessons with two Year 9 classes. Pupils explored concepts of democracy, rule of law and rights and responsibilities in the context of media bias/falsification in reporting about Islam and Islamophobia.

Below, you can hear from Helen and download her case study, lesson plans and resources developed.


  • Case study (pdf)
  • Lesson plans (pdf)
  • Assembly

  • Islamophobia (PowerPoint)
  • Lesson 1

  • Lesson 1 - Extremism (Citizenship) (PowerPoint)
  • Lesson 2

  • Lesson 2 - Extremism (Citizenship) (PowerPoint)
  • France’s “Merciless” Response to ISIS is Anything But [The Day, 17.11.15] (online article)
  • Now we will destroy Islamic State, says France [World Affairs, 16.11.15] (online article)
  • Lesson 3

  • Lesson 3 - Extremism (Citizenship) (PowerPoint)
  • ‘War is declared’, hackers tell Islamic State [The Day, 25.11.15] (online article)
  • Transcripts of Clips 1 and 2 by Anonymous (pdf)
  • Mask template (Word)
  • Extra articles

  • Fear grips Paris as death toll rises [The Day, 16.11.15] (online article)
  • Sports rivals unite on hallowed turf [The Day, 18.11.15] (online article)

    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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