What we do:

School Linking

We connect and support a network of 29 local schools linking programmes across the country.The network is backed by the Pears Foundation, The Dulverton Trust, the Department for Levelling up & Communities 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. Read more about Schools Linking here.

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. Our Primary Linking Programme  and Secondary Programme for 2021-22 are now all digital and password protected,   if you would like to buy resources or subscribe please click here  to find out more about what we can offer, please get in touch with us: info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk.

‘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.


Supporting SMSC Development in schools: Guidance, Resources and Training

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 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.

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.
  • Engagement with, trial and promote excellent curriculum providers.
  • Staff training in your school connected to ethos and SMSC, British Values, relationships, cohesion, equalities.
  • 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
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 
Culham St Gabriel’s has supported Schools Linking in its work on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) in schools and colleges. We continue to have profound confidence in the knowledge, professional judgement, expansive energy and professional credibility of its staff and consultants who have worked on SMSC. We have an interest in continuing to work with  The Linking Network, particularly in the area of SMSC and its relevance to British Values.Mark Chater, Director, Culham St Gabriels, Oxford, September 2015.



Dialogue and Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations

We have a structure and resources for handling difficult conversations in the classroom. Contact us for further details: info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk

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.


Intergenerational Linking

Intergenerational Linking is a partnership between two organisations – My Home Life England and The Linking Network – bringing together expertise with young people and schools and with older people and care homes.  Through our project, young people aged 5-14 from schools and youth groups in less socio-economically advantaged areas of England are supported to link with older people living in a local care home. We’re creating a network of intergenerational links across England and at the same time conducting research into what intergenerational linking between schools, youth groups and care homes looks like at its best.   We also produce supporting resources, suggestions for activities and videos for those participating in the project. Please read more about Intergenerational Linking here. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more: info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk .


Teaching 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.  These resources are currently password protected, but free to all Linking schools.

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 teacher
The amount and variety of resources available through the School Linking website is amazing,’ Year 4 teacher at Alexandra Park, Manchester.

If you would like to buy individual resources or subscribe please click here  to find out more about what we can offer, please get in touch with us: info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk .



Social Action

We believe that engaging children in social action as part of their linking journey enhances the experience and deepens the impact. Thinking together about things that matter to us and exploring shared goals helps children to have an understanding of how we all live together and ways we can make a difference. Our social action resources are here.

Whether you call it social action, active citizenship or volunteering,  it provides a powerful purpose for linking schools and their community. Please contact us if you would like to find out more: info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk .