The Oldham Linking Project links two local schools, an urban school with 100% children of Bangladeshi Muslim heritage, and a rural school with children almost entirely of white British heritage. Headteachers and chairs of governors, then staff made exchange visits so staff fully understood the issues faced by each school. Governors from both schools attended a race and cultural awareness session. Children and parents saw assemblies by different year groups. Pupils went jointly to the theatre and an LEA sporting event and participated in a joint projects scheme out of school hours. Younger children worked together on a drama project. Pupils shared experiences such as teddy bears’ picnics and Bangladeshi cultural awareness sessions. Both schools send representatives to Oldham Primary Schools Council.
Pupils recognised that they were similar and had the same concerns about education and the future; and that they needed to work out these things together. They really began to see themselves as active citizens. PSHE, health, particularly HIV/AIDS; in Citizenship, feelings about ‘my country’; and in Literacy, storytelling. The schools were recently awarded a DFID Global Schools Partnership grant.
This case study was taken from Developing the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, DfES et al, 2005.
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Schools Linking Network: For further information visit the Schools Linking Network website.
Local support: If you are inspired by this case study and would like to do something similar in your school, or are looking for ideas for developing the global dimension, why not contact your nearest Development Education Centre?
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