Led by Discover Learning with Calderdale Museums, Calderdale Council, Calderdale Schools Linking Programme began in 2010 and currently involves 20 primary classes. Linked pairs of classes on the programme meet at the Bankfield Museum, Calderdale for their first meeting and the museum provides an accessible fully facilitated neutral venue. The teacher training is also held at the museum.
Stuart Smith, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Calderdale Council, said of the programme last year:
“I can’t think of a time in our cultural history when the Schools Linking Programme could be more important, more beneficial or be more valuable. It seems to me that an enormous effort through social media worldwide is focussed on negative aspects of the differences between peoples … of course we all know that celebrating these differences and identifying our similarities is the real joy of living in a diverse world. My experience is that when given the opportunity, children more readily identify the things they have in common first and then enjoy noticing their differences … we somehow manage to teach them prejudice at a later stage. I welcome the work of the Calderdale Schools Linking Programme, it is something every educator should become involved in”
Fiona Willats, Calderdale Museums Service, Calderdale Council –email@example.com