Schools: Church Schools

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Glenarthur Lord Glenarthur Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the role of Church of England schools in improving interracial stability and the integration of young people.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

No assessment has been made of the role of Church of England schools in improving interracial stability and integration of young people.

However, all maintained schools in England, including schools with a religious character, have a duty to promote community cohesion, which is about building an appreciation of diversity, a sense of belonging and a common vision among all pupils regardless of their background.

Ofsted inspects schools to ensure compliance with this duty. HMCI's annual report 2008-09, published in November 2009, showed that of the primary schools inspected, 68 per cent are good or outstanding in meeting their duty to promote community cohesion, while the figures for secondary and special schools are 72 per cent and 84 per cent respectively.

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