Schools could be required to mix with children from different backgrounds

Schools could be required to mix with children from different backgrounds

Schools which have pupils from a single ethnic or religious community could soon be forced to ensure they mix with children from other backgrounds.

As reported by the HuffPost, the new government proposals aim to encourage social integration.

The Integrated Communities Strategies is also calling for schools to teach “British Values” in order to increase English language skills and help women from minority communities get jobs.

The consultation on the plans has been launched by communities secretary Sajid Javid and is being backed by £50 million of government money.

Five pilot areas – Blackburn, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall and the London borough of Waltham Forest – will develop local integration plans allowing new strategies to be tested as the programme develops.

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