British School Integrates to Tackle Racism
Educators are stirring the pot. Following ethnically motivated riots on the outskirts of Manchester in 2001, the town of Oldham gained a reputation for racism that many feared was unfixable. But Waterhead Academy spearheaded change, opening in 2012 to integrate children from white and Asian communities. Students still tend to stick to their own ethnic groups, but data shows that perceptions and trust are improving. The school needs to make strides academically, but it has the potential to serve as a guiding light in Britain’s struggle to bridge the racial divide.