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Rochdale Linking School Programme

The Linking Network logo. The Linking Schools Programme is a national initiative developed by The Linking Network.

The main aims of the Linking School Programme are:

  • To build a sense of togetherness between students in the borough and across the UK.
  • To create meaningful contact between students from different backgrounds.
  • Reduce prejudice while increasing trust and understanding between students.

Several schools in the borough have taken part in the programme since 2017. We'd like to encourage even more schools to join.

Request to join the Linking School Programme

Any primary or secondary school in the borough can request to join the Linking School Programme, including community schools, academy schools and minority faith schools.

To request your school to join the programme or find out more information, please email us. In your email include:

  • The name of your school
  • Your name and your position at the school
  • How many students you'd like to join the programme and what year group they're in

Email to request to join the Linking School Programme

What students will do on the Linking Schools Programme

Your students will meet with other students on the programme 3 times a year. The students on the programme will come from different areas in the UK to take part in a number of joint activities together. These activities explore 4 key questions:

  • Who am I? Students will explore their own identities and the identities of their peers.
  • Who are we? Students will be offered the opportunity to celebrate their diversity together and discuss their similarities and differences.
  • Where do we live? Students will learn about different locations, developing a sense of belonging to their communities, locally, nationally and globally.
  • How do we live together? Students will champion equality, challenge prejudice in all its forms and promote the idea of students being active citizens.

Students doing an activity together.

Benefits of the Linking School Programme

The Linking School Programme offers a number of benefits to both your students and your school.

Benefits to students - students get an opportunity to:

  • Build skills of enquiry, critical thinking, reflection and communication.
  • Develop trust, empathy, awareness and respect.
  • Meet different people, build new relationships, work together and contribute to the wider community.    

Benefits to schools - schools get an opportunity to:

  • Offer a clear and strategic contribution towards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of their pupils.
  • Provide a meaningful experience of shared values of British citizens in action as children respect diversity and celebrate individual liberty.
  • Take part in a nationally recognised scheme offering a positive, age appropriate curriculum response to the Prevent Duty.

Students holding hands.

Feedback on the Linking Schools Programme

Read some of the feedback we've received from students and teachers who've taken part in the Linking Schools Programme.

Year 4 student at St Luke's CE Primary School, Heywood - July 2019
"I think it's a really good idea. You get to learn about each other and you get to share the learning"

Headteacher at All Saints Primary School, Rochdale - July 2019
"The project has proved to be a great success. The work the children completed has allowed them to strengthen friendship bonds and celebrate differences. The children are always eager to see their new friends and look forward to their next activity. We feel this has been a memorable learning experience that will stay with the children for a long time. We hop the influence of this project will break down barriers and impact positively on their future lives"

Headteacher at St Luke's CE Primary, Heywood - July 2019
"We wanted to encourage the children to consider themselves as part of a larger community with children from diverse backgrounds and to build relationships with others with a focus on identity and belonging"

Example of our linking work

To mark the arrival of Dippy the Dinosaur in Rochdale, 2 of our linking schools, Lowerplace Primary School in Rochdale and St Mary's CE Primary in Balderstone, worked with Cartwheel Arts. They explored our borough, where our journey has taken us, wrote poetry and made birds.

The result is this wonderful video, which is being shown in Number One Riverside as part of our Dippy display.




Watch Dippy Inspired Linking video on YouTube (2mins 41secs)

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