ME039: We Hold Our Differences in Common

The hypothesis of this case study is that a diverse , primary community school can provide a model for happy co-existence. It tries to identify more precisely some initial themes as to what makes diversity work and to provide a tentative route map for society at large. I was interested in this and also considered it pressing because in the last decade there have been increasing pressures on the idea of a harmonious, diverse Britain. In sharp contrast, from my own experience – having worked until recently in a very diverse school as teacher and headteacher for 21 years – and having spoken to colleagues working in similar schools – on the ground there does not appear to be such a problem. I summarised relevant critiques of diversity, interviewed a group of parents and children from my school and finished by returning to my original hypothesis and reviewing it in light of what I found