Brexit – towards an integrated country

Last week’s referendum result and the immediate aftermath have highlighted our differences as a nation. Now we must seek to understand our differences and find the things that unite us.   Where were you when you heard last Thursday’s referendum result? How did you feel when you heard the… Read More

After a divisive campaign, it’s time to heal our Capital

Congratulations to Sadiq Khan, London’s new Mayor. Elected as the first Muslim to senior political office in Europe with the biggest personal mandate in UK history. This achievement is truly remarkable. But for Londoners the aftertaste of this campaign isn’t so pleasant. From ‘posh boy’ to… Read More

Rapidly expanding HeadStart picks up prestigious charity award

HeadStart, our socially integrated volunteering programme for 16-17 year olds, took home the award for Best Charity and Public Sector Partnership from last night’s Third Sector Charity Awards. The programme, a joint project with the Greater London Authority, bridges the gap between school and employment while getting young people… Read More

Segregation is holding our children back

On Monday, an article written by Jon Yates appeared in Schools Week, entitled: “Segregation is holding our children back”. Jon takes issue with the New Schools Network’s recent suggestions that Faith Schools should be allowed to select 100% of their pupils by faith. (Previous reforms introduced by Michael Gove limited… Read More

Polling for The Challenge published by The Observer

A poll commissioned by The Challenge showing public support for school children mixing with pupils from different backgrounds to their own was featured in a leader article in The Observer on Sunday December 6th. Reporting on findings by the ‘Commission on… Read More

New poll shows support for social integration in schools

A new YouGov poll shows 64% support school pupils mixing with children from different ethnic and faith backgrounds. The poll – conducted after the Paris terrorist attacks – reveals public support for the promotion of social integration for school pupils, with 64% of UK adults agreeing that ‘every school… Read More

Tackling social integration starts in our schools

‘See that man over there? Yes. Well, I hate him. But you don’t know him. That’s why I hate him’. And with that parable, we arrive at the nub of the mystery that lies behind the horror of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. “Pourquoi?” Why? The question on… Read More

Tolerance Isn’t Enough: We Need Integration

4.4 million people. That’s roughly the same population size as the Republic of Ireland or Croatia. Half of London. Or, put another way, four more Birminghams. That is the increase in the UK’s population over the next decade, according to the Office for National Statistics. And it… Read More