Led by Ethnic Diversity Services (Stockport Council), the Stockport Schools Linking Programme was established in 2008 and included Manchester, before they launched independently in 2017. The programme has gone from strength to strength, providing opportunities for staff and pupils to celebrate similarities and be comfortable with the differences within and across schools from Stockport and beyond; they have some fabulous endorsements from Headteachers, teachers and children.
We would particularly like to thank Colette Schofield, Year 5 Teacher, Gorsehill Primary Trafford for her commitment to Stockport linking and for sharing her thoughts on linking, below. Collette has been a Linking teacher for 7 years. She has linked with two different schools, one for 6 years and one for this past year. As she retires from teaching to enjoy new adventures, she reflects on her experiences as a longstanding linking teacher. We wish her every success and enjoyment in the exciting times ahead!
I have absolutely loved being part of this project and feel so privileged to have been involved for so many years-for which I have to thank my supportive Headteacher. I cannot quantify just how much I have learned and how Linking Schools has helped me so much and in so many ways to develop as teacher. I must express my gratitude for the fabulous resources, books and ideas you have continually highlighted and recommended over the years. My children and the children in the rest of the school have benefited so very much, in every way. This project has also led to connections and subsequent participation with various other fabulous agencies such as Manchester International Festival-which has also been amazing. I have experienced so much and have been able to offer my children a range of valuable opportunities that, without Schools Linking, may not have been possible. I feel the SMSC/British Values and RE lessons I have delivered over the years, have been enriched by my own learning and experiences with the project. I will really miss being part of the project. I am so grateful for the varied opportunities, experience and knowledge it has offered me.
Contact: Julie-Ann McCulloch, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council email@example.com
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