The government has published a green paper outlining how it intends to deliver its vision for “building strong integrated communities”. The green paper proposes to support schools to improve educational outcomes and increase diversity and community cohesion in the following ways:
supporting schools to increase diversity by publishing a range of model admission arrangements which include criteria for wider catchment areas to capture more diverse communities
requiring all applicants looking to set up free schools to demonstrate how they will boost integration
continued funding for The Schools Linking programme which develops working relationships between demographically diverse schools
continued support for schools to promote British values, including further materials to help teachers promote these across the curriculum
guidance on the independent school standards and the Department for Education’s (DfE) policy on enforcement action where those standards have not been met
reviewing and strengthening the powers that Ofsted have in relation to unregistered schools
The green paper also outlines some case studies of schools and academy trusts which have successfully implemented initiatives to improve integration. Governing boards have legal obligations to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of the pupils in their schools. Most commonly, SMSC will be encompassed in the school’s values, ethos and curriculum.