The Sunday Times is reporting that controversial plans are being drawn up to open Christian and other free schools in the heart of Muslim-dominated communities in areas such as Oldham, Birmingham and Derby.
The newspaper says the “integrated” schools, some of which could be run by organisations such as the Church of England, would enrol pupils from Christian, Muslim and other faiths, alleviating the risks of children growing up in segregated “parallel” communities, according to government sources.
The network of new free schools would admit pupils from a mix of backgrounds and also recruit across class divides, ensuring that children from working-class and ethnic minority families had access to good education and job prospects, the article continues.
It quotes a Government source:
“There is work going on with the DfE to create more integrated schools in areas where schools have a very high concentration of a particular ethnic group. It is part of a new integration strategy across the UK into how we use the free school provision to create new schools with more mixed intakes across class as well as ethnic background.”
More at: Christian schools planned for Muslim areas to help fight segregation (Subscription required)
What do you think? Will opening ‘integrated’ schools have any impact on segregation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter…
Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or just someone who cares about education and has something to get off your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.
We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!