Contact Details

Current Schools Linking areas and contact details are:

Birmingham Schools Linking Programme  led by Alejandra Sanchez, Amy Ark  Programme Co-ordinator, and Carrie Alderton,   Education & Learning at The Faith & Belief Forum

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Linking Programme led by Sharifa Valli and Michelle Holt,  Blackburn with Darwen Council –,

Bolton Schools Linking Programme led by Yousif Islam, Head of Service and Nicola Mahon,  ACIS (Achievement, Cohesion and Integration Service), Bolton Council – , 

Bradford Schools Linking Programme led by Linda Cowie and Jean Whitaker (Primary) and Azam Ali with Meg Henry and Liz Firth (Secondary) at The Linking Network –  and

Bristol Schools Linking Programme led by Poppi Toon, Project Manager at Bridges For Communities, Bristol –

Buckinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Yvette Thomas, Equalities and School Improvement Manager, with Carol Stottor, PSHE Lead – Public Health and Schools,  Children’s Social Care and Learning, Buckinghamshire County Council– or

Burnley/ Lancashire Schools Linking Programme led by Afrasiab Anwar, MBE, Council Leader, Burnley Council with Roxana Sardais, Samantha Hoban, James Orme and Neetal Parekh,  Ethnic Minority / Gypsy Roma & Traveller Achievement Service,  at Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre, Lancashire County Council – for secondary Linking please contact: , , for primary Linking please contact: ,

Bury Schools Linking Programme led by Janna Welsby at Fair Futures –

Calderdale Schools Linking Programme  – led by Sarah Hetherington,

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

Kent Schools Linking Programme  – led by Tracy Crute and Bhupinder Gill,  The Education People, Kent

Kirklees  Schools Linking Programme led by David Raven-Hill, Kim Stickland and Monica Deb, Community Heritage Consultants for the Carry My Story School Linking Programme in Kirklees Council – David Raven-Hill,, Kim Strickson and Monica Deb

Leeds Schools Linking Programme led by Hannah Langdana, Global Issues Global Subjects Coordinator, Leeds Development Education Centre and Leeds City Council  –

Leicester & Leicestershire  Schools Linking Programme led by Ruth Sinhal, Education Consultant at the St Philip’s Centre, Leicester –

London/Waltham Forest  Schools Linking Programme led by Amy Ark Programme Co-ordinator, and Carrie Alderton,  Education & Learning at The Faith & Belief Forum

Luton  Schools Linking Programme led by Kat Field and Penny Whelan, Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Manager , SLT,   Hillborough Junior School, Luton Borough Council – and

Manchester  Schools Linking Programme led by HOME Manchester –;

 Newcastle & Gateshead Schools Linking Programme  led by Joy Youngman and Kevin Christensen, Learning Officer, The Laing Gallery and The Shipley Gallery, on behalf of Newcastle City Council–

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Annie Kershaw and Deepa Vasudevan, Achievement and Equality Team, Nottinghamshire County Council and

 Oldham  Schools Linking Programme led by Suzy Chapman, Study Support Manager,   Integrated Youth Service, Health and Wellbeing, Oldham Council  –

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

Rochdale  Schools Linking Programme Erica Field, EMA Teaching and Learning Adviser (KS2-4), School Improvements Team, Rochdale Borough Council –

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

Stockport  Schools Linking Programme led by Julie-Ann McCulloch, Ethnic Minority Specialist Teacher,  and Sarah Beardwood, Ethnic Minority Achievement Team, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council  –

London Schools Linking Project – Tower Hamlets    Project Co-ordinators:  Linda Barker, Anne Roots and Triny Diaz at Global Learning London, Tower Hamlets –

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 25 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.

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