Shuttle Dialogue Linking for Bradford District Secondary Schools

13/10/2021

Great success with new virtual linking programme.

We’re so pleased with the response from Secondary Schools to our Shuttle Dialogue Linking Programme. We’ve been busy leading training for staff on how to use the resources in school, including how schools can adapt the content to suit their students. Schools are now feeding back of how their students are enjoying the sessions and the impact of the resources in stimulating important discussions in class.

One teacher said about the programme ‘It’s about building communities, people being seen and valued’.

The virtual linking programme can be used to connect 2 classes of students together from different schools to explore shared themes of identity, diversity, equality and community. Schools have also been using the materials with great success for in-school linking across Year 7 or Year 8 as part of their transition programmes.

The model has no face to face linking and no live video linking. Instead the programme is delivered in school from the classroom by the class teacher and the linking teachers exchange the ideas, perspectives and questions students have in between sessions.

Our secondary programme is focused on helping young people discover why connecting with others is something which can be positive for them and to explore with them the opportunities and benefits it offers.

The programme is easy for teachers to deliver. We’ve created 5 sessions which are available to be downloaded from our website as PowerPoint presentations. The sessions have teacher talk notes provided for each slide so are ready to be delivered but can also be edited and adapted to suit the needs of the students.

There is no start date and schools can join whenever suits them.

The programme is offered free of charge to schools in the Bradford District due to the funding received from the Bradford for Everyone programme.

If you’d like to know more about the programme please contact liz.firth@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk .