Local Roots and National Backing – Schools Linking programmes are recruiting schools across the country


Schools Linking Programmes are currently recruiting schools across the country. Please see our website page for contact details in local areas.

There are now 23 local schools linking programmes across England who are supported by The Linking Network and receiving backing from the Pears Foundation, MHCLG and the DfE.  Existing linking programmes include Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Bradford, Buckinghamshire, Burnley, Calderdale, Derby, Kent, Kirklees, London, Luton, Manchester, Oldham, Pendle, Rochdale, Rotherham, Sheffield, Stockport, and Waltham Forest. New areas joining the programme this year include Walsall, Newcastle and Tower Hamlets

The vision is of locally owned and rooted schools linking programmes so that each programme has individual flair, is led by an organisation with a deep understanding of the local context, the priorities for schools and integration in the community and district in which they work.  A key benefit is that this network of practitioners leading linking in their own areas share expertise and new learning with one another strengthening and developing the whole.

Rooting Schools Linking progammes in social contact theory and in the school curriculum so that all the contact between students promotes living together well and also achievement is a key principle underlying the work of the Network. Creating opportunities to learn to live together well are at the heart of the work. High quality CPD for teachers and strong local connections and sense of civic belonging matters in creating distinct district wide programmes that promote spiritual,moral, social and cultural development including British values of respect for diversity, liberty and equality in practice.

Please contact linda.cowie@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk  if you would like to find out about the expanding schools linking national programme. If you are a school interested in joining please contact the nearest local facilitator to express your interest.