Contact Details

Current Schools Linking areas and contact details are:

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

Blackburn with Darwen Schools Linking Programme led by Alison Ashworth Taylor  and Sharifa Valli and ,  Blackburn with Darwen,

Bolton Schools Linking Programme led by Yousif Islam, Head of Service with Ewa Jones, International Teacher and Outreach Support, and Nicola Mahon,  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

Bristol Schools Linking Programme led by Anna Wright, 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 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, Leading EAL Teacher, with Su Crowther and Janet Holden at CLAS (Curriculum and Language Access Service) Bury

Calderdale  Schools Linking Programme currently overseen by TLN whilst a vacant is filled,  Calderdale Museums Service, Calderdale Council –

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

Kent Schools Linking Programme   – led by Gillie Heath, Manager; with Tracy Crute, Isobel Whiley, 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  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 and

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

 Newcastle & Gateshead Schools Linking Programme  led by Emma Beveridge, Joy Youngman Anne Fountain, 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 Ashworth, Study Support Manager,   Integrated Youth Service, Health and Wellbeing, Oldham Council  –

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

Peterborough Schools Linking Programme led by Sheena Carman, Community Engagement and Arts Development Manager and Aimi Rowe –  and    for City Culture Peterborough, Peterborough Council.

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

Rotherham  Schools Linking Programme led by Rob Unwin, Global Education Adviser, 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, 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, with Triny Diaz and Shea Williams at Global Learning London, Tower

Walsall Schools Linking Programme led by Natalia Balan   at Communities, Equality and Cohesion, Walsall Council

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

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 29 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.