Community Cohesion Policy

Community Cohesion Policy 2017-18

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The curriculum for all maintained schools should promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at the school and of society, and prepare children at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. (Education Act 2002, Section 78)

Schools have a duty to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different groups. (Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and the Equality Act 2010)

What is Community Cohesion?

Community cohesion means 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 schools and in the wider community.

Darrick Wood Infant & Nursery School will play a part in helping all learners within their community to become members of a welcoming and cohesive community to fit them for life in England whose population has an increasingly rich diversity of backgrounds, origins, beliefs and cultures. We will help all within our care to belong and to feel equally valued as members of our school and as citizens and residents of Orpington and the United Kingdom.


Our school’s role is crucial. By creating opportunities for children’ achievement and enabling every child and young person to achieve their potential, our school makes a significant contribution to long-term community cohesion.

Our school will plan its curriculum to recognise, where possible, where other strands of the equalities agenda are interconnected with the aspiration to promote community cohesion. However, in our school the main focus is across different cultures, ethnic, religious or non-religious and socio-economic groups.

We constantly evaluate our practice, identify any gaps and devise ways to address these in order to promote community cohesion. We monitor our progress towards our aims and report to the governing body on our provision.

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