Schools Linking Programme

The Schools Linking Programme brings together two classes from demographically diverse schools. School Linking has been endorsed and funded by Pears Foundation, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Stockport Homes and the Department for Education (DfE).

The Schools Linking Programme is nationally recognised as offering a positive, age appropriate, curriculum response to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), British values and the Prevent duty. It provides a range of teaching and learning resources to support personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) and Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Linking offers meaningful experiences whilst supporting children as they explore identity and diversity, champion equality and develop dialogue.

The children meet three times a year. Usually, the first of these meetings is at a neutral venue followed by visits to each school in the spring or summer term. The children will exchange work throughout the year. The programme is supported by on-going reflection and will explore four key questions:

  • who am I? - exploring identity
  • who are we? - celebrating diversity
  • where do we live? - promoting community
  • how do we all live together? - championing equality

Benefits for pupils

The Schools Linking Programme:

  • develops skills of critical thinking, reflection and communication
  • develops trust, empathy, awareness and respect
  • provides opportunities for children and young people to meet and build new relationships

Benefits for schools

The Schools Linking Programme:

  • offers a clear and strategic contribution towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • provides a meaningful experience of British values in action
  • provides opportunities for children and young people to meet, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community

For more information you can email julie.ann.mcculloch@stockport.gov.uk or visit The Linking Network website.

The Linking Network