Leaders and Managers

Leaders and Managers

Leaders and managers have defined responsibilities under the Prevent Duty. They must ensure that:

  • their organisation actively engages, within the organisation and with other partners, as appropriate, including police and local authority Prevent co-ordinators and has data sharing protocols as appropriate
  • where the size of an organisation warrants this management and co-ordination arrangements should be implemented to share information across the relevant departments, with a single point of contact for operational delivery of Prevent-related activity
  • their organisation should have regular contact with their DfE regional further education Prevent co-ordinators.
  • where an organisation has sub-contracted the delivery of courses, they should have robust procedures in place to ensure that the sub-contractor is aware of the Prevent duty and the sub-contractor is not inadvertently funding extremist organisations
  • their organisation must have clear and visible policies and procedures for managing whistleblowing and complaints
  • policies are in place for apprentices using IT equipment to research terrorism and counter terrorism if this is relevant to their apprenticeship.
  • the Prevent Duty complements the institution’s responsibility under the Equality Act 2010 and covers apprenticeship welfare, including equality and diversity and health and safety
  • policies are in place for the use of any prayer and reflection spaces
Risk assessment and action planning
  • a risk assessment is carried out to address the physical management of the organisation’s buildings and land, including policies and procedures for events held by staff, apprentices or visitors, and relationships with external bodies and community groups who may use premises, and/or work in partnership with the organisation if relevant.
  • an action plan is developed to support the provider organisation in responded to identified risks
Staff Training
  • their organisation demonstrates that they undertake appropriate training and development for relevant board members, leaders and staff
  • staff exemplify British values in their management, teaching and through general behaviours at work
  • opportunities in the content of the apprenticeship are used to promote the British values to apprenticeships
Internal processes
  • at a corporate level their organisations should have robust procedures both internally and externally for sharing information about vulnerable apprentices or other staff. This should include information sharing agreements where possible
  • their organisation must have a clear Prevent referral process with a single point of contact which is known to all staff and students. This will usually be the same as the safeguarding process.
Pastoral care
  • the welfare of apprentices is at the heart of all ESFA funded provision for all providers. The exemplification of British Values and the preventing extremism strategy should be integrated into the welfare processes.
  • there is sufficient welfare support for all apprentices.

Ofsted inspects publicly funded further education and skills providers, including employer providers, in England under the Common Inspection framework with the frequency of inspection decided according to the assessed level of risk. Safeguarding is inspected as part of leadership and management judgement.
Where Ofsted finds a publicly-funded independent learning provider or employer providers inadequate, which will include where the institution or provider has failed to comply with the Prevent duty, intervention action will be taken. This could result in the loss of all funding.
Estyn is responsible for the inspection of further education and skills including employer providers in Wales.

FE/HE DfE Prevent coordinators

DfE HE/FE Prevent coordinators – these regional coordinators will also provide support to apprenticeship providers including employer providers

Resources from employer providers and ITPs

For further information from across the whole FE and training sector explore the main Leaders and Managers section