We are very happy at Home Farm Primary school, to go ahead again with Bradford Schools Linking for 2020-2021. We have thoroughly loved being a part of this dynamic, vibrant and enriching community experience.   We will be able to adapt our links to virtual visits for our pupils. Thank you so very much for giving us this wonderful and positive learning and life experience:  Year 4 Teacher, Home Farm Primary

The Linking Network would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped us this year, we couldn’t  do this without you; as we go into our 20th year of creating links across the district – you have given us sustained and considered support throughout. Truly a #TeamBradford story.

The commitment of schools, leadership, teachers, staff, parents and pupils right across the sector – special, primary, secondary, is so strong; in the 2019-20 academic year an impressive 226 primary and secondary classes (over 6,000 children and young people supported by over 250 teachers with backing from leadership in 125 schools) were engaged in linking across the district.

And of course, thanks are due to all our fabulous neutral venues in Bradford, who work so hard to make each get together special:

A wonderful, committed hosting of first meetings of children and young people with some new partners – City Hall, Police Museum, Doe Park; the Peace Museum, the Adventure Activities Development Unit at Bradford Council, Doe Park,  and longstanding partners – Nell Bank, Bradford Cathedral, Kala Sangam, Cartwright Hall, Cliffe Castle and the Industrial Museum. These partnerships matter and uphold the work.

We have also had invaluable support in resourcing the programme from the Bradford Council Educational IT team at the  Innovation Centre working in partnership to help us develop Digital Linking ; Bradford Council Music Service working in partnership to support us with wonderful primary linking songs, Bradford Council data analysts helping us evidence impact, Born in Bradford for resources connected to health. Each one of these partnerships have benefited the Bradford Programme but have produced resources used across the Network of 27 other Local Authority areas that each host their own local schools linking programme drawing upon the Bradford Programme.  We are pleased to have developed a close working relationship with Bradford Council Youth Services and benefit from their knowledge of young people’s experiences in the community, in the Autumn Term and through into lockdown.

It has been a privilege to work in partnership with Bradford Council, Bradford Council’s Children’s Services, BPIP, Bradford for Everyone,  Pears Foundation  and of course our Trustees. We thank our funders – The Department for Education, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Bradford for Everyone, the Dulverton Trust, Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and Pears Foundation.

Next year linking across the district will be virtual, sparky, meaningful – with evident commitment, to keep our children and young people connecting from classrooms across the district, keeping the conversation and collaboration going.


Nahida Nazir, Jean Whitaker, Linda Cowie (Primary) and Azam Ali, Liz Firth, Meg Henry (Secondary), Sue Dyde (Special-Mainstream Linking)





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