Schools secretary Ed Balls got a grilling from Harrow pupils as he launched a landmark programme to tackle extremism.
Mr Balls told the Harrow Observer that the borough is ahead of the game when it comes to tackling difficult issues such as extremism.
He was joined by Harrow East MP Tony McNulty, borough commander Chief Superintendent Richard Walton and representatives of Harrow Council as he visited Hatch End High School, Headstone Lane, Hatch End, today.
The minister was launching the government's Learning Together to be Safer toolkit, which encourages discussion of extremism in schools.
Pupils from Nower Hill High School, in Pinner, were also present to quiz the panel about education issues.
Mr Balls said: "Secondary schools and primary schools came to us and asked us to do this toolkit.
"Young people said to us they wanted to discuss extremism.
"Harrow is ahead of the game in the country in terms of having a plan for local community."