National Linking Network

Current Schools Linking areas and contact details are:

Birmingham Schools Linking Programme  led by Richard Pringle, with Clare Isham, Evi Koumi and Jaishree Patel at The Faith & Belief Forum –

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Linking Programme led by Janet Cooper and Sharifa Valli, Blackburn with Darwen Council –

Bolton Schools Linking Programme led by James Orme with Nicola Mahon and Derek Wynne, ACIS (Achievement, Cohesion and Integration Service), Bolton Council – and

Bradford Schools Linking Programme led by Nahida Nazir with Linda Cowie (Primary) and Azam Ali with Meg Henry, Carly Moran and Liz Firth (Secondary) The Linking Network –  and and

Buckinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Yvette Thomas and Carol Stottor, with Sophia Brannan, Buckinghamshire County Council – or

Burnley Schools Linking Programme led by Afrasiab Anwar, with Roxana Sardais and Samantha Hoban at Lancashire County Council and Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre-

Bury Schools Linking Programme led by Janna Welsby, with Su Crowther and Janet Holden, CLAS (Curriculum and Language Access Service) Bury Council –

Calderdale  Schools Linking Programme led by Fiona Willats, with Meg Henry and Linda Cowie, Calderdale Museums Service, Calderdale Council –

Derby  Schools Linking Programme led by Yvonne Luce, with Lisa Sabey, Global Education Derby –

Kent Schools Linking Programme led by Gillie Heath, with Tracy Crute, Inclusion Support Service, Kent County Council –

Kirklees  Schools Linking Programme led by David Raven-Hill, Kim Stickland and Monica Deb, Yorkshire Spirit For Kirklees –

Leicester  Schools Linking Programme led by Ruth Sinhal, with Leicester Schools Linking,  St Philip’s Centre –

London  Schools Linking Programme led by Clare Isham, with Evi Koumi and Chanel Noel,  at the The Faith & Belief Forum –

Luton  Schools Linking Programme led by  Kat Field, Luton First Teaching School Alliance on behalf of Luton Borough Council –

Manchester  Schools Linking Programme led by Julie-Ann McCulloch, with Stephanie Longson, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council –

Newcastle  Schools Linking Programme led by Anne Fountain, The Laing Gallery on behalf of Newcastle City Council-

Nottinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Nina Sidhu, Achievement and Equality Team Consultant, Nottingham County Council –

Oldham  Schools Linking Programme led by Suzy Ashworth, with Manju Gorasia, Integrated Youth Service, Oldham Council –

Pendle  Schools Linking Programme led by Rauf Bashir, Building Bridges Pendle –

Rochdale  Schools Linking Programme Erica Field, Ethnic Minority Achievement, Rochdale Borough Council –

Rotherham  Schools Linking Programme led by Rob Unwin, with Zaidah Ahmed, Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire) –

Sheffield  Schools Linking Programme led by Rob Unwin, Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire) –

Stockport  Schools Linking Programme led by Julie-Ann McCulloch, with Stephanie Longson, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council –

Tower Hamlets  Schools Linking Programme led by Linda Barker (Project Manager)  and Alia Al Zougbi, Humanities Education Centre (HEC) –

Walsall Schools Linking Programme led by Lutfur Ratman at Walsall Council

Waltham Forest Schools Linking Programme led by Clare Isham, with Evi Koumi and Chanel Noel, The Faith & Belief Forum –


Please contact the facilitator of your nearest programme if you would like to express an interest in finding a link and joining the network. The contact details of facilitators of the 26 local schools linking programmes in The Linking Network can be found here. All these programmes use four questions Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? and How do we all live together? to explore identity, diversity, community and equality and create sustainable social mixing.   Each local facilitator runs a district wide programme based on the linking model and also uses their  unique expertise and flair to bring schools and pupils together who might otherwise not meet. As a network we are grateful for the funding, encouragement and backing of the Pears Foundation, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Education.  Please email for information on schools linking.