Most pupils in very culturally mixed schools have positive attitudes to ethnic diversity but more negative views of gay pupils and others in minority groups, government research suggests.
The conclusion was reached after looking at the importance of social networks and relationships for young people in two inner-London comprehensives. White boys in these multicultural schools were found to have lower levels of "social capital" than their peers.
The report also concluded that schools with a more strict ethos appeared to give more direct academic support to pupils, while more liberal schools tended to help pupils refer themselves to informal social and emotional support.
"The Development and Impact of Young People's Social Capital in Secondary Schools" can be found at http:tinyurl.com37xkcb.