Schools Valuing Virtual Linking 

13/12/2021

Almost the end of the Autumn 2021-22 term, and Linking numbers are looking strong; over 560 headteachers, across 29 areas, have chosen to connect children from their school, to another school, linking nearly 1,000 classes. That’s over 29,000 children!

The Virtual Schools Linking Programme facilitates sustained social mixing between school children in primary, secondary and special schools by connecting pairs of classes in a structured year long programme. Classes are partnered between contrasting schools, or within a school.  TLN offers structured support and resources for teachers, helping them to create classroom-level connections between their schools, in thoughtfully planned, equitable ways. It enables children to develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, reflection and communication, as well as providing the opportunity for children and young people to build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community.

We think there is no better time for young people to be able to experience the thoughts and views of others beyond their own circle.

“This is our second year of taking part in the Linking Project and the children have already gained so much. With Covid restricting many parts of our lives, the Linking Programme offers an opportunity to connect with others, celebrate others and feel part of another community. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the remote calls, work sharing and shared experiences and are looking forward to hopefully meeting our Linked school in person.” Linking teacher in Leicester

 

Take a look here and see if there is a programme running in your area. For more information contact us on info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk