Need ideas on how to get secondary schools in your area to link? This is a great starting point…written by an experienced secondary teacher and senior leader.
Let’s face it…who doesn’t want a reward for all their hard work and effort? This is a certificate to be given to Secondary Schools for all their hard work and effort in linking with another school.
Aspects of the Secondary Curriculum that Schools Linking delivers – English, PSHE, Citizenship National Curriculum Objectives plus SMSC.
Activities, assemblies and tutorials
Stepping out of our comfort zones (PowerPoint)
This session gets pupils thinking about the importance of meeting new people through the idea of stepping out of their comfort zones. It could be a discrete pre-session for linking or for preparing students for college or university and anything else that requires pupils to embrace uncomfortable situations which can be good for them. The session also explores how peer pressure can have a powerful impact on our choices. The PowerPoint contains a link to a video clip, lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to SMSC, PSHCE (KS3 and KS4), Citizenship and English.
More In Common (PowerPoint)
This resource gives pupils an opportunity to think about their identity and reflect on what they have in common with others around them. It will help pupils to understand that we often have more in common and realise that people can come together through shared interests, hopes and aspirations. They will be given a chance to think about their identity and will be asked to reflect on what makes them unique. The PowerPoint contains a lesson plan, video and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to PSHCE (KS3), Citizenship (KS4), SMSC and English.
Pre Linking Session (PowerPoint) and plan (Word)
So, students are now signed up for linking with another school… this PowerPoint display and lesson plan will give students a good pre-session on everything they need to know about the linking they are about to undertake. It will also introduce them to our key questions: Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? How do we all live together? The session will also create an opportunity for pupils to reflect on their identity.
Constructing Deep Talk (PowerPoint)
This can work as an effective linking session or a session in school- depending on group dynamics and how pupils get along. The activity explores the value of getting students to talk about deeper and more meaningful issues whilst not devaluing small talk at the beginning of getting to know people. The PowerPoint contains a video clip, lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to PSHCE (Ks3), SMS of SMSC and spoken language elements of the English curriculum.
Creating a Peace Rainbow (PowerPoint)
The aim of this activity is to allow pupils to reflect and explore ways to respond to an incident or tragic event. The PowerPoint contains a lesson plan, an example of a peace rainbow and thoughtful sentence starters that prompt responses by pupils. This idea was created by colleagues in the SMSC Network at Titus Salt School
Human Bingo (Word)
I Am Not an Island (PowerPoint)
This short assembly is an effective and discreet way of introducing the importance of diversity. It uses an HSBC advert as a stimulus. There are also instructions on how this could be used as a tutorial session or follow up to the assembly. The PowerPoint contains a link to a video clip, lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to PSHCE (KS3 and KS4), SMSC, Citizenship (KS4) and spoken language elements of the English curriculum.
I Am tutorial (PowerPoint)
This session is a great way to reflect on identity in school or as part of a linking visit. The session will help pupils to appreciate how people are all made up of stories and their interactions with people they meet. The PowerPoint contains a video clip, lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to SMSC, PSHCE and more.
Invisible Me workshop (PowerPoint)
This aim of this session is to give pupils an opportunity to reflect on their identity and commonality. This session can help get pupils to engage with students that they may not yet know. The PowerPoint contains a lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to SMSC, PSHCE and more.
Making a difference (please contact us for this PowerPoint)
This aim of this assembly is to give pupils an opportunity to think about how they can make a difference. Students will explore if one person can really make a difference and how we can all be successful agents of change. It uses the story of how one person was able to create change where she lived. The session could be used as part of linking, especially if the focus is on social action. The PowerPoint contains a lesson plan and an explanation of how this session has curriculum links to SMSC, PSHCE and more.
Resources for planning to link
Secondary Teachers Pack (Word)
Pre-Session Lesson Plan (Word)
Pre-Session PowerPoint (Powerpoint)
Linking activities and workshops
Planning on doing a linking session with a focus on how we all live together? Focussing on the importance of Human Rights is a great place to start. Lots of group work to help dialogue around Human Rights and their importance.
Invisible Me Workshop (PowerPoint)
A useful session suited to a first linking event. The focus is on identity and commonality which cover the first three questions: Who am I? Who are we? Where do we live? Helps scaffold student’s thinking about what they want to share with others about themselves.
Symbols Identity Workshop (PowerPoint)
This is a creative session that could be used at a first linking event. It will hopefully allow pupils to think about the first two questions: Who am I? Who are we? Hopefully it will also give pupils a chance to get a little creative! Activities work well with the Values Workshop.
Values Workshop (PowerPoint)
Values Questionnaire (Word)
A World without Rules (PowerPoint)
Secondary Schools Linking offers a structured approach to bring pupils together with other students they would otherwise not meet from different backgrounds. Below is a short clip showing pupils from an inner city school in Bradford coming together with pupils from a rural school in North Yorkshire. Pupils are using drama to reflect on identity and diversity. Password: linkingnetwork
Secondary schools can be a short distance apart but a world away in terms of demographics. This video (below) shows students from two schools that are only a mile apart but yet the pupils rarely get an opportunity to interact with each other. Students from both schools come together to reflect and discuss the importance of Human Rights. Password: linking
This PowerPoint has just some of the thought provoking artwork taken from the book ‘We Are All Born Free…The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures’. The images are useful for teachers wanting to stimulate thoughtful discussion about Human Rights. (We are all Born Free is a great book to invest in with so many more images that can be used across all key stages and all royalties from the sale of this book are donated to Amnesty International).