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:

  • There is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities
  • The diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued
  • Similar life opportunities are available to all


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:

  • Teaching, learning and curriculum
  • Equity and excellence
  • Engagement and extended services

Long term objectives

What are our visions for the future?

Our vision of an integrated and cohesive community based on three foundations:

  • People from different backgrounds having similar life opportunities
  • People knowing their rights and responsibilities
  • People trusting one another and trusting local institutions to act fairly

And three key ways of living together:

  • A shared future vision and sense of belonging
  • A focus on what new and existing communities have in common, alongside a recognition of the value of diversity
  • Strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds

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.