The Schools Linking Programme
DECSY is working as part of the Linking Network to deliver the Schools Linking Programme. The programme is running in Sheffield and Rotherham in 2019 and 2020, and its aim is to 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 Schools Linking Programme builds on the success of the Building Communities through Dialogue Project which was run by DECSY and took place from 2011 to 2014. This project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn foundation, and used dialogic learning methods to encourage young people to communicate constructively and build trust with people from different backgrounds to their own.
“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 self-efficacy, as well as broadening the social groups with whom they interact.” – The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) evaluation of School Linking.
If you are interested in your school taking part in this programme do contact DECSY for further details.