Big Society and community cohesion
Schools have a duty to promote community cohesion. In 2011, our research for CfBT Education Trust found that most teachers support this both personally and professionally, but they interpret it very differently.
Our research found:
- Schools have had varied success in meeting the duty. They pay more attention to action than to the underlying social policy. Most have improved though, partly because they are inspected on it;
- Some teachers are not clear about current guidance and inspection criteria. A small number of teachers object to the legal weight of the duty;
- There are strong links between the duty and the Education White Paper. In particular, the focus on localism and the Big Society gives schools lots of opportunities.
We published two reports:
- School Leaders, Community Cohesion and the Big Society [pdf]
The background to the duty to promote community cohesion. It has insights from interviews with teachers and school leaders, as well as pointers for future policy development.
- Teaching, Learning and Community Cohesion: a study of primary and secondary schools' responses to a new statutory duty [pdf]
Detailed guidance for teachers and school leaders.