Prevent & British values

All colleges have a legal duty to promote British values in education to ensure students are prepared for modern life in Britain.  It is essential at Northern College to ensure we continue our commitment to promote debate and free speech, while also challenging prejudice and discrimination and playing our part in preventing radicalisation. 

The 4 definitions of British values are:
  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Prevent & British values at Northern College

At Northern College we ensure we promote this in a number of ways.  Courses cover topics such as faith in Britain today, criminology, youth justice, youth offending and social policy.  In addition to this, we have lots of activities, practices and policies that also promote the 4 definitions, such as:


  • We offer regular opportunities for students to share their views about college through, for example, student surveys, focus groups and comments boxes
  • We ensure everyone has a voice and is also supported in the practice of listening to others
  • We encourage collaboration, for example in creating group agreements and general group work activities.
  • We encourage, support and facilitate student participation in the democratic process through the election of student union officials in line with a formal constitution.

The rule of law

  • Everyone at college has rights and responsibilities and these are supported by college policies
  • Group agreements outline expectations of students, such as listening to others and being punctual.

Individual liberty

  • We offer support so that all students have equal access to learning
  • We encourage students to become independent and take responsibility for their own learning
  • We encourage active, healthy lifestyles
  • Everyone is encouraged to work towards being the best that they can be.

Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • We have a focus on the equality act and this informs expectations of behaviour. We aim to challenge in a developmental manner
  • We embrace difference, including culture and way of life
  • We don’t shy away from difficult conversations.

Prevent in Action

The college ensures that Prevent is followed through in practical actions for staff and students.


Governors, senior staff, student representatives and the safeguarding team understand Prevent and oversee arrangements for training and awareness raising.


The college is represented on the Barnsley Silver Prevent Group, the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Regional Prevent Forum for HE/FE.

Staff Training

All college staff are trained on Prevent and safeguarding.  Staff are aware of how to report concerns and understand the Channel process and how it works.  Student representatives have also had Prevent awareness training.

Safeguarding and wellbeing

There are extensive pastoral and welfare support services available to students through the tutorial system, learning support team and intervention team.  All college staff, visitors and students are required to register or sign in.

Speakers and Events

The college has a Freedom of Speech policy which applies to all college users.  There is a protocol and risk assessment process for the use of external speakers.

Online Safety

The college has a comprehensive firewall and internet monitoring system as well as a safeguarding and online safety policy.