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.
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