The  Rochdale Linking Programme is led by Equalities Team, Rochdale Borough Council. The programme began in 2017.

In 2023-2024 there are 19 Primary Links with 38 classes from 24 schools.

For more information please contact:

Erica Field: EMA Teaching and Learning Adviser (KS2-4) School Improvements Team, Rochdale Council  –

Follow us on X (Twitter) @RochdaleCouncil

Or find us under Schools and Education on the Rochdale Council website

Rochdale Schools Linking Project is led by the Equalities Team (Rochdale Borough Council) and has been running since 2017.  Initially involving 14 classes from 12 schools, the programme has expanded year on year; building a sense of togetherness with other children and creating shared learning adventures. There are currently 40 classes now linking across Rochdale.

We are lucky enough to work with the fabulous M6 Theatre.  Based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre is one of Britain’s leading theatre companies, specialising in creating and delivering dynamic, high quality and relevant productions for young audiences;  not only do they offer a joyful linking experience, but build life skills too!

M6 Theatre’s ethos and focus on children’s social and emotional development are common to TLN; well thought through workshops help build confidence and break down barriers, whilst having fun.  The children meet meet in a positive environment and using theatre as a springboard for meaningful conversation and activities,  move from working alone to working as a team.  These experiences provide positive and engaging experiences for children, helping them to build an understanding of how to live together with kindness and confidence.

M6 Theatre have made some short films to explain what they do:  

 M6 Theatre and how they work with the Rochdale Schools Linking Programme

How the workshops help to build character 

Designing workshops for linking

We Are We – a collective poem

Belonging, a sense of affinity, of being part of something larger can feel so important when we are growing up. In Rochdale, ever diverse and steeped in cooperative history, the idea resonates.  One of the things that we love about Schools Linking is the way it celebrates a sense of self while championing a sense of belonging.  We wanted to find a way to capture this.

We worked with a small group of children to come up with a structure for a poem.

I am …

He is …

She is …

You are …

They are …

I am Me but We are We

Every Linking child in Rochdale was invited to complete the verse and then each class was invited to select their favourite and contribute it to the collective poem.  A number of classes combined their individual ideas to create something new.  We have had some wonderful submissions.  Each verse is unique and each verse belongs in the poem.  So, I am me, but WE are Rochdale!  You can find the finished poems on Twitter here.

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