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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:

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