Leverhulme Grant success for Dr David LundieTuesday 8 March 2016
A Leverhulme Research Grant has been awarded to Dr David Lundie for his work on ‘The influence of securitisation on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in England’s schools’.
The British Academy’s Research Award Committee accepted Dr Lundie’s bid for a Small Research Grant and awarded the Senior Lecturer in Education Studies £9,396.
Dr Lundie said: “Building on work already underway with Andrea Bullivant and the Primary Teaching students around beginning teachers’ understandings of British values, this project explores the ways the duty on schools to engage with the Prevent agenda is interpreted in practice.
“The requires schools and other public bodies to engage actively with Preventing Violent Extremism, and schools have employed a range of consultants – including serving and retired police – to advise on how to meet this duty.
“By interviewing key figures involved in the implementation of Prevent - both in policing and education - and bringing them together for an extended focus group discussion, this project aims to show how these unfamiliar partners work together in practice. “
As part of his research project, Dr Lundie plans to visit the United States in 2017 and draw lessons for the UK on how to avoid the increasing hardening of police presence in schools that has been seen in parts of America.