What is community cohesion?
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 valued; 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 academies and in the wider community.
Key strands of community cohesion
- teaching and learning and the curriculum – helping children and young people to learn to understand others, to value diversity whilst also promoting shared values, to promote awareness of human rights and to apply and defend them, and to develop the skills of participation and responsible action – for example through the new ‘Identity and Diversity : living together in the UK’ strand within citizenship education;
- equity and excellence – to ensure equal opportunities for all to succeed at the highest level possible, striving to remove barriers to access and participation in learning and wider activities and working to eliminate variations in outcomes for different groups;
- engagement and extended services – to provide reasonable means for children, young people, their friends and families to interact with people from different backgrounds and build positive relations, including: links with schools and communities, the provision of extended services; and opportunities for students, families and the wider community to take part in activities and receive services which build positive interaction and achievement for all groups.
Roles and responsibilities
- Helen Wakefield – Assistant Principal, Personal Development;
- Tracy Horton – Personal development co-ordinator responsibility for citizenship and international schools award;
- Andy Gilbert – Vice Principal, Community;
- Sandra Peake – Community Liaison Officer;
- Lindsay Ward – Vice Principal, Safeguarding, Child Protection and Multi agency links.
How we successfully embed Community Cohesion principles in our Curriculum –