Theresa May to force majority Muslim schools to mix with others to stop segregation
Schools in Muslim areas could be twinned with those in other areas, with joint teaching, sporting events and activities to be made available.
The proposals would put a new focus on improving English literacy, which has been identified as one of the reasons for segregation.
Dame Louise Casey, director general of the Casey Review, raised the alarm over social integration in the UK in a study published for the Government last year.
Her review found the Government has failed for more than a decade to ensure social integration in the UK is kept up with the “unprecedented pace and scale of immigration”.
The Conservatives’ manifesto says the party will introduce a “new integration strategy” that will “seek to help people in more isolated communities to engage with the wider world”.
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The plans say the Government will work with schools that have intakes from one “predominant racial, cultural or religious background” to get to know people with different ways of life.
A report commissioned by the Department for Education, following the Trojan horse scandal, found that there was evidence of a “co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained attempt to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos.”
Last December, at the end of a year long study of community cohesion in Britain, Dame Louise Casey branded ministerial attempts to boost the integration of ethnic minorities as “saris, samosos and steel drums for the already well-intentioned”.
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In October last year, it was estimated that 850 British citizens had been recruited by the Muslim fanatics in Islamic State to go to Syria.
Dame Casey said: “We didn't find it very difficult to find things like segregation of girls, some of these what I would describe anti-equal opportunities or anti-liberal values”, adding: “Yes, it's happening elsewhere.”
The proposals would be brought in shortly after the general election on Thursday.