Fiona Maida

Fiona’s experience lies in secondary education, where she has worked in leadership roles for fourteen years in Leeds schools. As head of Sixth Form and assistant principal, she was passionate about breaking down barriers to learning and promoting progression to higher education. She now works as an educational consultant and writer, where she specialises in tackling radicalisation and extremism as a whole school approach, RE, A-level and GCSE improvement and progression to HE.

She graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in Theology and worked in television making drama programmes before studying for a PGCE in Religious Education and Drama. She advocates inter-faith dialogue and uses her background in RE and Drama to devise school assemblies that combat prejudice and promote tolerance of individual difference.

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.