The Linking Programme
This year we have had 16 schools taking part in the project (in 2016-17 we had 11 schools)
We recruited 2 new schools to the project who have previously not taken part
We have 36 classes in 18 links (in 2016-17 we had 28 classes)
That’s roughly 1080 pupils in the town taking part
We received funding from the LA last year and also from The Linking Network to support our work.
The project was free to schools to take part and all support and resources were free.
A Story from Luton
One of our most successful links is also the longest established, between Hillborough Junior School and St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Primary School. Three year 5 classes from each school meet up throughout the year and also have a celebration event in a nearby park. The schools are in close proximity to each other and many of the children meet in the communal areas of the community and come into regular contact.
Through the project this year, two of the children involved have become very good friends with each other and now correspond as penpals. The children were keen to keep in touch with each other outside of the project and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed the days that were organised for them.
As both schools have taken part in the project since it was established in Luton, younger children in the school are very aware of it and are excited to be taking part when they reach year 5 themselves. It has become an integral part of our varied curriculum.
How we feel about the Linking programme
The Linking Network in Luton is as strong as ever and helps us to bring our communities together. We are very proud of the links we have forged between schools and many individuals continue to maintain these even after the project has ended. We are also very proud of the organisations in Luton which support the Linking Network and do other important work in the community, such as Bedfordshire Police, Luton Council of Faiths and Luton Culture. We work together to try and include our young people in the development of a varied, diverse and enthusiastic community.
How others feel about the Linking programme
I have loved the Linking Network this year because I’ve got to know different people and different ways of living. I found out things I didn’t know about different religions, cultures and just other places in Luton. I want to do it again!