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.”
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