The Schools Linking Programme
DECSY is working as part of The Linking Network to deliver the Schools Linking Programme, running in Sheffield and Rotherham in 2017 and 2018 which aims to bring communities together by linking schools from different areas across each city. The project will bring together sets of two classes from demographically diverse schools creating year-long curriculum rich class links for pupils in Key Stages 2 or 3. School Linking has just been endorsed and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Education (DfE).
'The linking model can have a positive impact on many aspects of pupil's skills, attitudes, perceptions and behaviours, particularly their respect for others, their self-confidence and their self-efficacy, as well as broadening the social groups with whom they interact. ' National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) evaluation of School Linking
This linking programme builds on the success of the Building Communities Through Dialogue project, (2011 - 2014), run by DECSY and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation aimed at using dialogic learning methods to enable young people to have increased ability to communicate constructively and build trust with people from different backgrounds to their own.
Progress Report for 2017
Three linked visits have taken place this year at Scotia Works in Sheffield, including Philosophy for Children (P4C) and visits the the Grayson Perry Tapestry at the Graves Art Gallery, which can be seen in the photograph below. The tapestry's depiction of what it means to be British sparked some exciting discussion on 'British Values'.