The idea that understanding between children from different communities can be encouraged by the occasional visit from a "multi-cultural adviser" or a conference is nonsense. Research repeatedly shows that children understand each other's cultures best by personal experience and contact.
While not wishing to lay the entire blame for recent disturbances in the North-west at the door of church schools, there is no doubt that the self-serving nature of these schools has played a part in keeping the children of these communities apart at a formative period in their lives. The proliferation of such schools can only make the situation worse.
Terry Sanderson 9 Sovereign Close London W5