|Community Cohesion is what must happen in all communities to enable different groups, cultures, faiths of people to get on well together. A key contributor to community cohesion is integration which is what must happen to enable new residents and existing residents to adjust to one another. This is a reflection of the DCSF’s description of community cohesion as promoting a society in which:
Educational facilities of all kinds, as centres of local communities, have a duty to promote community cohesion. Following the publication of two key reports for Central Government, The Diversity and the Curriculum Review produced by Sir Keith Ajegbo in January 2007 and Our Shared Futures: Report of the Commission of Integration and Cohesion, produced by DCLG, the DCSF issued Community Cohesion guidance for schools. The guidance outlines schools’ contribution to community cohesion under three headings:
Long term objectives
What are our visions for the future?
Our vision of an integrated and cohesive community based on three foundations:
And three key ways of living together:
The story of community cohesion is different in each area and local areas are best placed to determine what the issues are in their area and devise actions that will address them.