Contact Details

Current Schools Linking areas and contact details are:

Birmingham Schools Linking Programme  led by Jaishree Patel, with Sarah Koster and Evi Koumi at The Faith & Belief Forum –

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Linking Programme led by Ismail Hasham, Department of Adults, Communities and Prevention and Sharifa Valli, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council –

Bolton Schools Linking Programme led by Yousif Islam with Nicola Mahon at ACIS (Achievement, Cohesion and Integration Service), Bolton  and

Bradford Schools Linking Programme led by Nahida Nazir with Linda Cowie and Jean Whitaker (Primary) and Azam Ali with Meg Henry and Liz Firth (Secondary), Sue Dyde (Special-Mainstream Linking) at The Linking  and

Buckinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Yvette Thomas and Carol Stottor, at Equalities, Children’s Social Care and Learning, Buckinghamshire County or

Burnley Schools Linking Programme led by Afrasiab Anwar, with Roxana Sardais and Samantha Hoban at Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre, Lancashire County and and

Bury Schools Linking Programme led by Janna Welsby, with Su Crowther and Janet Holden at CLAS (Curriculum and Language Access Service) Bury

Calderdale  Schools Linking Programme led by Fiona Willats, Calderdale Museums Service, Calderdale Council –

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

Kent Schools Linking Programme led by Gillie Heath, with Tracy Crute, Inclusion Support Service, Kent County Council –

Kirklees  Schools Linking Programme led by David Raven-Hill, Kim Stickland and Monica Deb,  Kirklees,

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

Leicester  Schools Linking Programme led by Ruth Sinhal at the St Philip’s Centre –

London  Schools Linking Programme led by Evi Koumi and Sarah Koster at the The Faith & Belief Forumparaskevi@faithbeliefforum.

Luton  Schools Linking Programme led by  Penny Whelan and Kat Field, Luton First Teaching School Alliance on behalf of Luton Borough

Manchester  Schools Linking Programme led by Julie-Ann McCulloch, with Stephanie Longson, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council –

Newcastle & Gateshead Schools Linking Programme led by Anne Fountain, The Laing Gallery on behalf of Newcastle City Council–

Nottinghamshire Schools Linking Programme led by Ann Kershaw and Koni Rakhit, Achievement and Equality Team, Nottingham County

Oldham  Schools Linking Programme led by Suzy Ashworth, with Manju Gorasia, Young People Services, Oldham Council –

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

Peterborough Schools Linking Programme led by Claire Richardson and Claire Hardy

Rochdale  Schools Linking Programme Erica Field, Ethnic Minority Achievement, Rochdale Borough Council –

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

Sheffield  Schools Linking Programme led by Rob Unwin, Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire) –

Stockport  Schools Linking Programme led by Julie-Ann McCulloch, with Stephanie Longson, Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council –

Tower Hamlets  Schools Linking Programme led by Linda Barker (Project Manager)  with Alia Al Zougbi and Triny Diaz at the Humanities Education Global Learning Centre (HEC), Tower

Walsall Schools Linking Programme led by Amelia Whitehouse  at Communities, Equality and Cohesion, Walsall Council

Waltham Forest Schools Linking Programme led by Evi Koumi and Sarah Koster at The Faith & Belief


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 27 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.