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17 December, 2010

New community cohesion project to research best practice

A new project led by the University of York is to develop a better understanding of effective practice for community cohesion.


Creating Citizenship Communities will aim to identify current thinking and practice in schools, encourage partnerships, and explore the activity and perceptions of young people.

A grant of £77,000 from theEsmée Fairbairn Foundation will fund the project, which will be advised by a team of seasoned practitioners including past and present Citizenship Foundation staff:

  • Douglas Archibald (Royal Society of Arts);
  • Tony Breslin (Human Scale Education; Breslin Public Policy Limited; former Citizenship Foundation Chief Executive);
  • Mark Chater (Citizenship Foundation);
  • Joe Feeney (former member of UK Youth Parliament);
  • Estelle Morris (former Secretary of State for Education).

The project team itself emerges from a partnership between the Department of Education, the University of York and the northern office of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER):

  • Gill Hampden Thompson;
  • George Bramley;
  • Ian Davies;
  • Vanita Sundaram;
  • Maria Tsouroufli.

The project team will conduct a literature review, a survey of schools and an exploration of case studies in contrasting communities. It also intends to produce a range of high impact learning resources organise high profile events.


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