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Schools: Community Relations

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which person or body is responsible for promoting community cohesion within schools; (157338)

(2) who is responsible for monitoring and assessing the degree to which schools are achieving the objective of community cohesion.

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 placed a new duty on maintained schools in England to promote community cohesion. The duty came into effect from 1 September 2007. Ofsted will report on the contribution made by the school to community cohesion from September 2008, to give schools time to embed the duty within their institution.

The duty applies to the governing body of a maintained school in England. We published guidance in July on how schools can build on what is happening already in light of the new duty. Within each school, it is for the governing body and senior management team to discharge the duty to promote community cohesion as part of its leadership and management role, leading the school and involving the school work force and pupils in the promotion of community cohesion.