Academy chain could introduce 'peace studies' to combat extremism

The Oasis multi-academy trust is considering the introduction of ‘peace studies’ at GCSE to help combat the rise of religious extremism.

The Oasis trust runs 44 schools across the UK and is looking at offering peace studies as a stand alone subject as part of a wider programme aimed at ensuring pupils are not influenced by religious extremism and gang culture.

The programme is designed to meet the trust’s obligation under the Prevent strategy, and will include the promotion of peaceful views across different subject areas on the curriculum.

Speaking to TES, the trust said: “Concentrating initially on embedding peace within the subject areas of the existing curriculum, the aspiration is to explore developing a peace studies GCSE as a subject in its own right, should this be deemed appropriate.”

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