Schools where almost every pupil comes from a single ethnic or religious community will be required to ensure they mix with children from other backgrounds, under Government proposals to encourage social integration.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, launched plans to deal with what he called a “segregation problem”.
Schools across the country will be encouraged to follow the example of the University of Birmingham School, a secondary school in Edgbaston, which makes sure it takes pupils from different parts of the city.
Most schools give preference to pupils who live closest when they are allocating places. This is called living in the catchment area.
But the University of Birmingham School takes pupils living near four different parts of the city. One is the school itself, but the others are Small Heath rail station, Hall Green rail station and the Jewellery Quarter station.
This way, the school ensures its pupils come from a range of ethnic groups and also from wealthy and less wealthy areas.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is led by Mr Javid, highlighted the example of University of Birmingham School in a new "green paper", a consultation paper.
And it said it would work with other schools and local councils across the country to help them develop new admissions systems, including some based on the University of Birmingham School's approach.
Mr Javid also announced that Walsall will be one of five pilot areas that will develop "local integration plans". The others are Blackburn, Bradford, Peterborough and the London borough of Waltham Forest.
Other proposals from the Government are:
Ensuring schools teach "British values"
A new community-based English language programme, with a network of conversation clubs and support for councils to improve provision of tuition
Personalised skills training to help women from "isolated" communities into work
Measures to ensure young people have the opportunity to mix and form lasting relationships with those from different backgrounds
Promotion of British values across the school curriculum
Increased take-up of the National Citizen Service
Mr Javid said some towns and cities in the UK had a mixture of different ethnicities - but different communities sometimes lived in different places and tended to send their children to different schools.
He said: "We believe about 60% of ethnic minority pupils ... they go to schools where ethnic minority pupils are in the majority.
"If you just think about that and the amount of segregation that has been caused by schools, something new has to be done."
Mr Javid also told BBC Radio 4's Today there were about 770,000 people settled in Britain who "speak no or very poor English".
"Just imagine the opportunities they have given up on, the inability they have to socially mix with others and really contribute to society.
" It's not fair on them and it's not fair on the rest of society," he said.
The Government is also set to ensure marriages which take place in mosques are officially registered.
It follows concerns that thousands of couples believe they are married when they legally are not. That's because a religious marriage needs to be registered with the civil authorities.