Long Lasting Linking in Manchester


Led by the Ethnic Diversity Service (Stockport Council), the Manchester Schools Linking Programme (initially with Stockport) launched independently in 2017 with 14 classes. Interest in the programme has more than doubled since then;  in the 2019/20 academic year linked 34 classes from 21 local schools, engaging almost 1,000 children!  Linking 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 offer a range of activities and include:  Z-Arts (a creative arts centre offering drumming, street dance, drama, screen printing, pottery, singing); Lyme Park (National Trust) (den building, orienteering, outdoor art);  The People’s History Museum (mosaic and clay) and NK Theatre Arts (drama and performing arts). 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.

“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



Julie-Ann McCulloch, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council  julie.ann.mcculloch@stockport.gov.uk or Sarah Beardwood, sarah.beardwood@stockport.gov.uk

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