Faith schools in Britain 'strong on community cohesion'

**Secondary schools run by faith groups are better than non-religious schools at building community relations, research in England suggests.
A study funded by the Church of England found faith schools were rated higher than others by Ofsted inspectors on what is called “community cohesion”.

The church says its schools take all faiths seriously and look for common ground while respecting difference.

Campaigners say the Ofsted checks do not go far enough.

The research, carried out by Professor David Jesson of York University, involved the analysis of Ofsted reports on 400 secondary schools and 700 primary schools.

He examined how schools were rated by inspectors on their new legal duty to “promote community cohesion”, which came was introduced in September 2007.

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