Miriam Bentley-Rose

BiographyMiriam

As an Inclusive Education Specialist, Miriam has spent more than 20 years working to support students with various additional needs and their schools and colleges. Her experience includes the ergonomics of disability, inclusive classroom design, inclusive curricula and interventions. Miriam has a passion for Equity and welcomed the addition of Fundamental British Values to the educational sphere to support the teaching of SMSC and the Prevent Duty. Working alongside the DFE and the Secretary of State for Education, Miriam’s British Values interventions have become commonplace in some schools.

With the belief that all discrimination stems from prejudice, and that no one is free from prejudice, Miriam has redesigned Equality Awareness training to encompass the recognition of our prejudices and to learn how to silence them whilst being supportive of all people regardless of their protected characteristic. This new approach to Equality is being rolled out at North West Leicestershire District Council where Miriam heads up Equalities, Hate Crime and Prevent.

Believing in the social construct of the child, Miriam is currently working with partners to assess the impact early online access is having on the vulnerability to radicalisation of young children. Specifically, to see if the traits associated with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties make the individuals more vulnerable to online radicalisation.

Research

With many hate crime researchers highlighting a lack of educational interventions to attempt to prevent the perpetration of hate crime, and an obligation for schools to teach the 5 fundamental British Values of Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Democracy, Individual Liberty and Rule of Law, Miriam has been able to combine her two favourite subjects of education and hate. Miriam is carrying out a longitudinal study to assess if a British Values intervention has any impact on the prejudice development in children. Linking with 7 local primary schools, Miriam is collecting data from year 4 pupils in 2018 and then repeating her data collection with the same children when they reach year 6 in 2020.

Conference Key Notes

  • Taking Action Against Hate Crime: Educating against hate. Public Policy Exchange. 2018
  • Annual Safeguarding Conference: Deconstructing Prevent to give us tools for safeguarding. Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board. 2017
  • Prevent and Protect: Using the British Values to help prevent radicalisation. North West Leicestershire District Council. 2017
  • Tackling Extremism: Minimising the risks: Teaching British Values and Prevent to those with perceived SEMH difficulties. Westminster Education Forum. 2016
  • Re-engaging the disengaged student. Co Key Note with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP Secretary of State for Education at the FiLiGi conference. 2015
  • Public Policy Exchange Extremism in Schools conference in London on 4th July 2018 regarding Pupil vulnerability to radicalisation.

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