Schools are now under a new Duty to Promote Community Cohesion. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 inserted a new section 21(5) in to the Education Act 2002 introducing a duty on the governing bodies of maintained schools to promote community cohesion which came into effect on 1 September 2007.
We have been conducting work in the area of education and community cohesion in a bid to support schools in their attempts to meet this duty and also as a way of contributing to the debate which surrounds it. In November 2007 we held a national education conference, Promoting Community Cohesion through Schools, which was attended by a high number of teachers and voluntary sector organisations and at which a number of ministers delivered key note speeches.
Our work on Faith Schools and Community Cohesion is also contributing to the debate that surrounds education and community cohesion as does our work exploring the relationship between choice and cohesion.
The Transitions project provides a clear link between many of our existing and older projects and the importance of race equality and cohesion. Importantly, resources for teachers that identify ways of ensuring classrooms are inclusive and thus promote race equality can be found both on our and within our publication Complementing Teachers.
Future work within Transitions will further explore community cohesion in education, the way this relates to cohesion in other areas and what the concept itself means for schools, parents, children and young people.
Further information on the community cohesion duty itself can be accessed here.