Best Practice

Case study: Collaboration and community

Community cohesion is a vital part of the work of primary schools, especially in light of the increasing tensions since the EU referendum result. Headteacher Laura McPhee explains some of the key approaches and strategies employed at her inner city school

As the country took to the ballot boxes on June 23 to cast their votes, it became clear a deep social and generational divide had emerged. The majority of young people voted in and the majority of older people voted out. Their future decided for them, how will our young people respond?

After the referendum, complaints filed to police online hate crime reporting site True Vision increased five-fold. How are the public responding and what role do we have as educators to promote acceptance?

At Gainsborough Primary School, situated in Hackney, east London, we have been seeking innovative solutions. A large vibrant, primary school and nursery in Hackney Wick, Gainsborough serves a diverse, urban community. The school has grown to three forms of entry in years 1 to 6, with two forms in nursery, reception and year 4. In 2014, Gainsborough and St John and St James’ CE Primary forged a partnership to share leadership and teaching and learning models of good practice. St John and St James is a well-established, outstanding local primary with a Teaching School, forming part of the Primary Advantage Federation of six schools.

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