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Plan to ensure pupils mix with children from different backgrounds

Schools whose pupils come from a single ethnic or religious community could be required to ensure they mix with children from other backgrounds, under Government proposals to encourage social integration.

The proposed Integrated Communities Strategy also calls on schools to teach "British values" and sets out plans to boost English language skills and encourage women from minority communities to find jobs.

A consultation paper on the plans - launched by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid - follows the 2016 Casey Review, which warned that social cohesion cannot be taken for granted in the multicultural UK.

Britain can rightly claim to be one of the most successful diverse societies in the world. But we cannot ignore the fact that in too many parts of our country, communities are divided, preventing people from taking full advantage of the opportunities that living in modern Britain offers.

Successive governments have refused to deal with the integration challenges we face head on, preferring to let people muddle along and live isolated and separated lives.

We will put an end to this through our new strategy which will create a country that works for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from.

– Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary

Waltham Forest is among five UK pilot areas. Among the proposals are:

  • A new community-based English language programme, with a network of conversation clubs and support for councils to improve provision of tuition
  • Personalised skills training to help women from "isolated" communities into work
  • Measures to ensure young people have the opportunity to mix and form lasting relationships with those from different backgrounds
  • Promotion of British values across the school curriculum
  • Increased take-up of the National Citizen Service