Derby has been part of the school linking concept for many years now. In recent years, the project was facilitated by Global Education Derby, who we partnered up with to help lead on the neutral venue days. Unfortunately, Global Education Derby closed in the summer of 2023, providing the Open Centre with the opportunity to take over the project.
Schools Linking brings together two carefully matched classes, from demographically different schools in a carefully planned programme.
Pupils from different social, ethnic, faith or geographical backgrounds enjoy meeting and learning together. The process helps pupils to explore identity, become comfortable with difference and build connections with their local community.
The Schools Linking programme runs in 27 Local Authority areas.
They work with all kinds of schools including primary, secondary and special schools.
Schools Linking builds on research evidence about what works in connecting children to build their confidence in contact with others. It has been designed by teachers and is enjoyable and memorable for pupils.
If you are interested in joining the project, please contact Sam, on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or why not visit the School Linking website here and see for yourself.
This project is funded by the following organisations and government departments.
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