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What I wished I’d known about social cohesion

As a geography teacher in a large, mono-cultural secondary school, I remember feeling a depressing powerlessness in the face of a small but fairly vocal minority of pupils’ attitudes to race, ethnicity, or any culture that differed from their own. Studying topics like migration and aid were particularly prone to revealing views that made me …

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Encountering Faiths and Beliefs: The role of Intercultural Education in schools and communities

Drawing on the experience of educational experts working in schools across Britain, “Encountering Faiths and Beliefs” argues that pupils from different backgrounds need to interact with each other to build tolerance and understanding. It proposes several principles for good practice, including: Policymakers need to move beyond ‘multiculturalism’ and towards intercultural education which actually engages with …

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Playing Politics with Inspection – are British values community cohesion revisited?

“Every school – whatever its intake and wherever it is located – is responsible for educating children and young people who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and social backgrounds” Tonight’s speech by Nicky Morgan at London’s exclusive Carlton club was big on …

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