Since its inception in 2018, The Leicester Schools Linking Project, locally owned and led by the St Philip’s Centre, has given students the opportunity to explore and celebrate their own identities and the identities of their peers in different schools across the city and the county. The project breaks down barriers and challenges misconceptions through the carefully planned activities and opportunities for dialogue.
In 2018 we were filmed for the local BBC News; take a look at our video.
During 2019/20 we reached 34 classes from primary and secondary schools, engaging over 1,000 students. We train teachers to deliver the programme through 2 CPD training dates in the Autumn and Spring terms.
We have been extremely lucky this year to have had the support of Leicester City in the Community who have given us their venue at The King Power Stadium, free of charge to use for both CPD and neutral venue days. We are also so pleased to have worked with Leicester Museums and held half of our neutral venue days at Newarke Houses Museum this year. All our neutral venue days went ahead in October, November and December 2019 and were such a success.
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 “shutdown” in March no classes were able to hold any of our visits to our link schools but we have kept in touch virtually as much as possible and are all looking forward to renewing these links next year; we are currently working with neutral venues to produce video tours and activities for linking classes to both engage with.
To keep us all connected through lockdown, we collaborated to produce this short video which reflects the great team spirt of all the schools involved here in Leicester.
To find out more or get involved, please contact:
Ruth Sinhal , Leicester Schools Linking Facilitator
Follow us on Twitter @LinkingSchool
Facebook @Leicester Schools UnitEd