Building an Integrated Community in Tower Hamlets


The Tower Hamlets Linking Programme  is run by HEC Global Learning Centre, based in London, promoting the values, aims and principles of global learning through all areas of education. We support schools in Tower Hamlets and across London,  collaboratively and as a part of wider networks, working to develop global learning in schools and communities. The Tower Hamlets Linking Project began in Summer Term 2018 and we now near the end of our second full academic year of successful linking.   We recently learned that there is an increase in applications to mainstream schools from special needs students, creating a need for teachers in mainstream schools to access the  knowledge and expertise of  colleagues who work with special needs children. Learn more about our special schools linking here.

As an organisation that embraces diversity, we see it as our duty to come together to build a community that integrates different needs and abilities. Our challenge is to do this with criticality, so that we are not perpetuating a charity mentality. Rather, we are looking to engender an appreciation for the different ways each of us inhabits our shared world. Equally, we believe that everyone has something to offer when they are enabled, rather than disabled, by society.

Although our links have been paused throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to support schools, particularly in fostering the long term relationships we know linking can afford.  Our plans for the next academic year are to widen the scope and diversity of our links by including some North London schools.

Our children share the locality they inhabit. Linking has brought them into a space that uncovers the wealth of intangible diversity within this locality– the diversity of world views, of multiple solutions to a problem, of forms of self-expression.’  Alia Al Zougbi, Head of HEC Global Learning Centre


Linda Barker, Consultant to HEC Global Learning Centre 

Alia Al Zougbi, Head of HEC Global Learning Centre

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