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 trained teachers to deliver the programme through 2 CPD training dates in the Autumn and Spring terms.
We were extremely lucky to have had the support of Leicester City in the Community who gave us the use of 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 last year, no classes were then 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 this year; we are currently working with neutral venues to produce video tours and activities for linking classes to both engage with. We have already delivered virtual CPD to our teachers and are excited to be facilitating virtual linking in 2020-21.
This year 2020/21 we are working with 32 classes from 17 schools, in a virtual way due to Covid-19. All contact may be remote this year however the work will still achieve the same goals – to break down barriers, challenge misconceptions and prejudices, get to know new people and learn how much we all have in common. The relationships between many residents of the City and County have been strained during this difficult year and schools linking work is one way we can repair this damage and improve our community cohesion.
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
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Take a look at our website www.stphilipscentre.co.uk/our-community