What we do

We seek to link schools and communities together, and support work on SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural) development that can form a lever for positive whole school change. This includes exploration of British values. Our learning, from the Bradford local school linking programme, from partners we work with around the country and our direct work with schools, informs our work. We offer:

  • Support and training for facilitators running a local linking project for groups of schools.
  • Tried and tested classroom resources supporting linking, SMSC, meaningful approaches to British values, equalities, diversity, sense of belonging, identity.
  • Training for school leadership of SMSC, British values, equalities and ethos.
  • an action research SMSC Network for secondary leaders across Bradford
  • Reviews and bespoke support for school ethos and culture, equalities, SMSC and British Values.
  • Engage with, trial and promote excellent curriculum providers.
  • Staff training in your school connected to ethos and SMSC, British Values, relationships, cohesion, equalities.
I think its one of the most powerful things we can do as teachers to prepare children for real life. When they leave school they’re going to have to meet people from all different back grounds and the more they know about each other, the better it will be in the future.’ Ruth Sinhal, Leicester facilitator 

Schools Linking Programmes

We connect and support a network of 29 local schools linking programmes across the country.The network is backed by the Pears Foundation, the Ministry Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education. Each local programme offers local support to pairs of linked classes from different schools in an area so that pupils are able to meet others they would otherwise not meet. See our National Network page for contact details- please do get in touch with the local facilitator in your area  if you would like to express an interest in setting up a link for your school.

 

‘There is strong evidence that high levels of meaningful contact between people from different backgrounds can reduce prejudice; increase trust and understanding between groups and lead to a greater sense of togetherness.  TLN’s  schools linking programme provides a structured programme of training, resources and support to enable schools to build high quality links.  It enables children to develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, reflection and communication, as well as providing the opportunity for children and young people to meet, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community.’ Pears Foundation
 

Training

We deliver training courses on delivering effective school linking and facilitating a school linking project in an area. We offer CPD (currently virtual) on Leading SMSC across a school and we offer bespoke support and review for school culture and ethos in your school. We can deliver staff meetings in school on SMSC including British values. Contact us or see our courses page for further details.

 ‘I thought the training was fantastic and has really given me the confidence to deliver the day. All of the activities have given me an opportunity to develop a relationship with my link partner’ Birmingham teacher.

Dialogue and Difficult Conversations

We have a structure and resources for handling difficult conversations in the classroom. Contact us for further details.

The lesson ideas would benefit teachers throughout the school and enhance PSHE sessions.Linking teacher, St Mary’s and St Michael’s Primary, Tower Hamlets

 

Guidance

We provide guidance on the latest requirements and expectations for schools for SMSC including British values and positive curriculum responses that promote equality, diversity, identity and community.

‘Everything is there for us; it is just brilliant’  Linking teacher

Resources

We write and trial classroom resources for Primary and Secondary Schools connected to identity, diversity, community and equality. These resources provide comprehensive support teachers leading schools linking with their class or group. We also offer resources to help teachers deliver lessons in their own school that develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of pupils across their school. As a result of Covid19 we have two new areas for Remote Learning Resources for teachers and Home Learning Resources, which parents and teachers can access. Also our Primary Linking Programme  and Secondary Programme for 2020-21 are now all digital. In addition we have resources for Intergenerational Linking and Social Action in Linking. Get in touch if there is anything you need but cant find! info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk

The resources are so useful to me because I use them in a cross curricular way as well as during TLN sessions. The book lists in particular have been useful as they are so inclusive for the children and can be used across the school in all classes.’ Buckinghamshire teache
‘The amount and variety of resources available through the School Linking website is amazing.’  Year 4 teacher at Alexandra Park, Manchester