Institute of Education


Faith schools and religious diversity

Understanding the situation of Muslim students in Catholic and Anglican schools in England.

2017 - present


During 2017 the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (UCL Institute of Education) and the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society (Heythrop College) completed a preliminary research project that explored religious diversity in schools with religious character, commonly referred to as faith schools. 

A key strength of this preliminary research project is that it sampled the situation in two regions of England. The willingness of colleagues in both London and Manchester to collaborate on this project is a strong indicator that all those working in faith schools have questions and concerns about religious diversity. 

Colleagues working in both Anglican and Catholic schools are attentive to the needs of Muslim pupils and recognise the importance of engaging with religious diversity.


The research undertaken included a one-day colloquium event, extended interviews with head teachers and diocesan education officers, a focus group discussion with school students and a detailed literature review. 


The colloquium in London and the field research in Greater Manchester indicate that matters of religious diversity is an issue that faith schools are engaging with.