The Casey Review of Opportunity and Integration (DCLG: 2016)

The Casey review conducted by the government in 2016  states that ‘There is strong evidence around the benefits that can derive from high levels of meaningful contact between people from different backgrounds’(5).

4.19. Another approach sometimes pursued where there are segregated schools is to bring pupils from different schools together to pursue joint activities. One approach to this, the Schools Linking programme, was evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research in 2011, which found it had a positive impact on pupils’ skills, attitudes, perceptions and behaviours, including their respect for others.

When children being educated in segregated schools are also growing up in an area where all of their neighbours are from the same ethnic and/or faith background… It deprives them of the benefits… that are known to derive from mixing with people from different backgrounds. P47.

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