Rotherham Schools Linking Programme is led by the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) in partnership with Rotherham Local Authority. In the 2019-20 academic year, there are 14 classes involved in  the Rotherham linking programme, from 8 primary schools, bringing together a fabulous 420 pupils.   Our neutral venues include:  Riverside House Library, Rotherham and New York Stadium, Rotherham.

Case Study: Last year Rotherham schools visited the Anne Frank Exhibition at the Riverside House Library and took part in related activities at Riverside House Library and New York Stadium, (Rotherham United). These were followed by class visits and in one case a joint celebration event.

The programme has led to some interesting outcomes around boosting the confidence of slightly marginalised or quieter children and has certainly broken down barriers and widened horizons to the extent that teachers have noticed these benefits. One of the P4C enquiries was particularly powerful.

 ‘Thank you to everyone involved for such a brilliant day. The children were absolutely fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the different experiences and discussions. Please pass on our thanks to Sarah at Rotherham United/New York Stadium for leading the afternoon team building exercises and for the tour of the stadium. She did a brilliant job and we wish her all the best. We’re really looking forward to developing the links between the schools in the future. Thank you again for the opportunity to be part of today and the project, and for all of the hard work that has gone into making this so successful.’   Teacher, Laughton Junior and Infant School, Rotherham.

‘The schools linking project is important because it helps me to build up confidence and meet new people.’ Pupil

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