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Religious Diversity as Value? School Ethos and Education

01 July 2019

This article reports data from focus group discussions with young people attending a large community school in inner London. Over three quarters of the pupils in this school were from minority ethnic backgrounds, thus making for a multicultural and multiethnic pupil body. The visit to the school showed that the school celebrated the presence of the wide range of cultural groups and its ethos underpinned the promotion of a cohesive community. This article explores whether the school’s ethos was reflected in the young people’s views and attitudes regarding the multicultural composition of their school, and whether they valued growing up in this kind of social context. We thus revolve around the question whether the young people in this school considered religious diversity as being of personal and social value.

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