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Faith schools reinforcing divide between communities

School selection is fuelling residential segregation says leading authority on community cohesion.

Professor Ted Cantle, the UK’s leading authority on community cohesion and intercultural relations, said in relation to today’s  Populus poll school selection is fuelling residential segregation - they are inextricably linked.

‘Primary schools in particular, but also secondary schools, depend upon the make-up of population around them and there is clear evidence that people are moving to particular areas to gain access to their school of choice.

‘So rather than responding to segregation by having policies that cut across communities, schools are often reinforcing divides and this is especially the case for faith schools.’

Professor Cantle established the iCoCo Foundation to develop policy and practice on interculturalism and community cohesion.and just published this Open Democracy article


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