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COMMUNITY COHESION

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									 COMMUNITY COHESION
A Guide for Citizenship Coordinators
BACKGROUND

  • Emerged after the events of 2001.
  • DCSF published guidance on the duty to
    promote community cohesion in 2007.
  • Became a statutory duty from September
    2007.
  • Applies to faith, age, sexual orientation, social
    class etc. not just race and ethnicity.
  • “Promotes a common sense of belonging,
    positive values, diversity, tackles disadvantage
    and inequalities, promotes interaction in the
    workplace, schools and neighbourhoods” (Ted
    Cantle).
DCSF DEFINITION

   • “By community cohesion we mean working
     towards a society in which there is a common
     vision and sense of belonging by all
     communities; a society in which the diversity of
     people‟s backgrounds and circumstances is
     appreciated and values; a society in which
     similar life opportunities are available to all;
     and a society in which strong and positive
     relationships exist and continue to be
     developed in the workplace, in schools and in
     the wider community.”
SCHOOL DUTY

  Grouped under three headings:
  • Teaching, learning and the curriculum.
  • Equity and excellence.
  • Engagement and extended services.

  This duty will be inspected by Ofsted from
   September 2008.
COUNTY STRATEGY

  • Focus – narrowing the achievement gap and
    raising standards for all pupils
  • Link with iCoCo
  • Pilot group of 9 schools
  • Conference for school leadership, June 2008
  • Partnership with Extended Services
  • Hubs to be created around the 9 pilot schools
  • CPD for schools 2008/9
  • Development of Finstall Centre
RELATIONSHIP TO CITIZENSHIP
CURRICULUM

   • The National Subject Adviser says that
     “citizenship contributes to community cohesion,
     CoCo does not reside with citizenship”.
   • The „more than a subject‟ ethos of citizenship
     means that we are already engaging with the
     community and community issues and our
     work can be built upon.
   • The „fourth strand‟ Identity and diversity –
     living together in the UK gives our subject a
     central place in promoting CoCo within the
     curriculum.
ACTIVE‟ CITIZENSHIP

   The DCSF guidance states that the term
     „community‟ has a number of dimensions:
   • The school community
   • The community within which the school is
     located
   • The UK community
   • The global community
   Curriculum citizenship already takes all of these
     into account. We are in a unique place to be
     involved in whole-school initiatives to promote
     any or all of these community dimensions.
ACTIVE‟ CITIZENSHIP

   • Schools are advised to look at their own situation,
     population and place in the community and then build
     on existing good practice, using local partners and
     organisations.
   • This might include raising awareness in „mono-cultural‟
     schools and providing opportunities for pupils to
     interact with people from different backgrounds.
   • Your Extended Schools Coordinator will have
     knowledge of the local community and potential for
     linkage (although they work whole-school, not just with
     one area of the curriculum).
HOW CAN CITIZENSHIP COORDINATORS CONTRIBUTE?


    I would suggest:
    • Make sure SLT are aware of the contribution you can
       make to whole-school planning and the development of
       T&L (see TL&C audit for ideas).
    • Find out what is already happening in your school and
       get involved (if you are not already!)
    • Look at the „Identity and Diversity‟ strand and plan
       some quality work around this (maybe link with another
       department).
    • Offer to contribute towards school CPD – perhaps
       around discussing sensitive and controversial issues in
       the classroom.
CONTACTS IN WORCESTERSHIRE

  • Martin Allen – EIA
    (mallen@worcestershire.gov.uk)
  • Tasnim Khawaja – Teacher Adviser EAL
    (tkhawaja@worcestershire.gov.uk)
  • Jackie Sainsbury – Teacher Adviser EMA
    (jsainsbury@worcestershire.gov.uk)
  Martin, Jackie and Tasnim are based at the
    Finstall Centre.

								
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