Islamist extremists are adopting the same tactics as paedophiles in seeking to groom and exploit young people, education secretary Nicky Morgan and Bethnal Green academy headteacher Mark Keary said at the launch of a new website for parents and teachers on curbing radical influences.

Speaking on the issue for the first time since the immediate aftermath of three pupils from the academy travelling to Syria, apparently with the aim of joining Islamic State, Keary said it was still unclear what caused the girls to turn their backs on their families.

"We will continue to draw on our experiences to help inform and shape policy, share best practice and work collaboratively with colleagues to find solutions to protect and keep our children safe," Keary said.

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