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Misconceptions and extremism - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Misconceptions and extremism

Scott Amott, Head of Citizenship and PFL, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.

This project focused on critical thinking and enquiry skills through five Citizenship lessons with Year 7 classes. Pupils explored the concept of extremism and right wing political ideologies through critical engagement with case studies and the role played by the media and community. They also considered the responsible actions they might take in light of their investigations.

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


  • Case study (pdf)
  • Case study published in ACT's journal, 'Teaching Citizenship' [Issue 44, Autumn 2016] (pdf)
  • Scheme of work - outline (pdf)
  • Lesson 1 - Our perceptions

  • Our perceptions (PowerPoint)
  • What perceptions do we have? (PowerPoint)
  • Lesson 2 - Community partnership

  • Presentation slides (PowerPoint)
  • Overcoming Islamophobia session plan (pdf)
  • Myths and facts statements from the Multi-Faith Centre (pdf)
  • Lesson 3 - Reflection on perceptions and exploring how right wing views can develop

  • Reflection on perceptions and exploring how right wing views can develop (PowerPoint)
  • Lesson 4 - Exploring the development of right-wing extremism, and media reporting of young people

  • Lesson 4 plan (pdf)
  • Looking at right-wing extremism (PowerPoint)
  • Media and news reports - images (PowerPoint)
  • Right wing views to challenge (pdf)
  • Lesson 5 - Review and debrief

  • Review and debrief (PowerPoint)
  • Debrief task (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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