Preventing Extremism Unit (Department for Education)

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The Preventing Extremism Unit is a unit of the Department for Education. It is 'Responsible for ensuring that children are not exposed to extremists or extremist views in schools or out of school hours learning' and 'Responsible for due diligence arrangements to ensure that people with extremist views are not able to establish or take over schools'.[1]

In 2011 the unit was involved in research on 'how schools in England are helping to protect vulnerable young people from the influence of extremism', carried out by the Quilliam Foundation on behalf of the Department of Education.[2]

Current and Former Staff


  1. Department for Education senior staff data: September 2011, updated 9 December 2013, GOV.UK, accessed 24 April 2014.
  2. New research projects, Department for Education, 18 November 2011, National Archives.