We received a telephone call from Richard Fenton-Smith, a senior producer at BBC Radio 4, who, along with David Anderson QC, is making a stand-alone documentary on Prevent. Their research had brought them to the conclusion that Carlton Bolling has it absolutely right in how we deliver this programme to our students and they were keen to learn more.
They spent the day in school and attended our Year 7 ‘Getting on Together’ workshop to witness first-hand how this is prepared and delivered to our young people. Hafiz Rahman, English Teacher and local Imam, together with a team of colleagues were instrumental in designing ‘Carlton Getting on Together’ to ensure it was relevant and appropriate for our audience. Our programme has received national and international acclaim and our staff are often invited to speak at key events, such as Inside Government, the Westminster Education Forum to name just two.
We also received visits from Dame Louise Casey and Melanie Dawes from the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government earlier this year and our work in this area goes from strength to strength.
The BBC Radio 4 programme is scheduled to air in July, although we haven’t yet had confirmation of the date and time and will feature interviews with students and specialist staff who work on the programme.