Further Education (FE) Colleges play a leading role in shaping their Community. Besides their core educational role they are also well placed to foster shared values which bind communities together and are vital to prevent violent tensions. DIUS, now BIS, and the Champion Principals group on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) have developed in cooperation with the sector a toolkit and guide on next steps to support FE colleges in their work.
“In February last year [2008] we consulted the sector on the particular contribution of colleges and other FE providers to preventing violent extremism and, more widely, strengthening community cohesion. [...] That is why we have focused [...] on setting out some of the resources and tools available to the sector to help navigate this hugely complex and difficult area. In doing so, we have deliberately drawn from the expertise that already exists. And, to further support this work, I have been hugely encouraged by the advice provided by the Champion Principals group which is looking in detail at how the sector can be encouraged and helped in responding to this agenda.”
David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property

This area provides links to the Next Steps report and Toolkit produced by DIUS now BIS.  Links to other useful research and resources will be added shortly.