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Using contact hypothesis in RE

Many RE activities aim to have a positive impact on social relations, but teachers may not be going far enough...

As the UK social landscape diversifies, it is inevitable that all children growing up in Britain will encounter diversity in their lifetime. Although population diversity can be beneficial, this can also cause tensions.

For example, ethnically motivated school-related hate crimes are on the rise according to police data from 2016/17. Therefore, preparing children and young people to be able to negotiate diversity is vital.

The University of Bristol’s recent policy briefing – Encounter, conversation and interaction: Improving community relations through religious education – argues that schools and teachers are in a unique position to support this and that social psychology offers important insights into how this might be achieved in the classroom.

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