Institute of Education


Education and religion: understanding Prevent in the classroom

02 May 2019, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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The Religion and Education Special Interest Group (SIG) welcomes three speakers in conversation on the government's Prevent anti-terrorism programme in classrooms.

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Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education


Room 537
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

Dr Shamim Miah will present a paper with a focus on recent educational policy debates surrounding Muslims, schooling and the question of security. The paper aims to critically evaluate the security discourses associated with Prevent, the Trojan Horse affair and the Counter Terrorism Security Act 2015 in light of theoretical insights from the study of racial politics.

Dr Miah is joined in the panel by two teachers, Donya Salamat and Nisha Kerai, who will each speak on the topic, drawing on their experiences as teachers of citizenship and religious studies respectively and will also respond to Dr Miah's papers as discussants.

This seminar is chaired by Dr Farid Panjwani, UCL Institute of Education (IOE).


This event is free and open for all to attend, but pre-booking is required. Please book via the link above or email ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk

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About the Speakers

Dr Shamim Miah

Dr Shamim Miah is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Huddersfield. He is the author of two books: Muslims, Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation (Palgrave), which won the ‘highly commended’ book award by the Society for Educational Studies in 2016, and Muslims and the Question of Security: Trojan Horse, Prevent and Racialised Politics (Palgrave). Shamim’s research focuses on the framing of race and religion in educational policy. Shamim was the co-SIG convenor (Race and Ethnicity) for BERA (British Educational Research Association (2013-2016). He is in the process of writing M62 and the Corridor of Uncertainty: Race, Space and Multiculturalism in Northern England (Palgrave).

Nisha Kerai

Ms Nisha Kerai is the Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Alexandra Park School in North London. Prior to her current role at Alexandra Park School, Nisha was a teacher of Religious studies at Cranford Community College. Nisha holds an undergraduate degree in History from UCL and is a long-standing mentor for student teachers of Religious Education, including with student teachers at the IOE.

Donya Salamat

Ms Donya Salamat is a teacher of citizenship and religious studies at Alexandra Park School in North London. She completed a PGCE in Citizenship Education at the IOE and holds a BA degree in Politics and Development Studies and an MSc degree in International Politics, both from SOAS, University of London. Donya has taught in the United Kingdom and France, and has research and teaching-based expertise regarding the pedagogy and practice of Fundamental British Values (FBV)’s in secondary and tertiary citizenship and religious studies education in the United Kingdom.