Led by the Ethnic Diversity Service (Stockport Council), the Manchester Schools Linking Programme (initially with Stockport) launched independently in 2017 with 14 classes. This year involvement has since increased to 30 classes in primary schools. It provides an opportunity for staff and pupils to celebrate the similarities and be comfortable with the differences with schools from across the city and beyond.
Our neutral venues include: Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Z Arts, Lyme Park and The People’s History Museum. Some of our partner schools are so close they walk to each other on visit days. For others, it can take an hour to travel to each school. Regardless of the distance, all have found common ground. Staff and children have shared experiences, have learnt from each other, have laughed and eaten together. Schools Linking has provided the structure for long lasting relationships between schools. Before Manchester’s Linking Programme was established, Arden Primary School, Stockport and Birchfields Primary School, Manchester had been linked for eight years- an established link professionally for staff and for the children who have passed through Year 4.
“It is a fantastic project which helps to develop the children’s intercultural competence!” KS Leader, Armitage Primary, Manchester
“The SLP is a really beneficial project because it allows children to meet children from different backgrounds, different cultures, different places and find out that we are all the same and we celebrate our similarities and differences.” Learning Mentor