The Link Schools Programme was different to other linking models in that it deliberately set out to address the imbalance in existing linking programmes between northern and southern benefit. It worked exclusively with rural, African, government run schools that were already part of Link’s broader school improvement projects. The programme established a supported linking model that benefitted all African schools in a district, both linked and not linked, and openly encouraged closely monitored and targeted fundraising to support development projects in African partner schools. In the UK the programme worked with a particularly diverse range of UK schools, including a relatively high proportion of schools where pupils receive free school meals, countering perceptions that school linking is of more interest to affluent schools.
To find out more about the programme and to access the wealth of resources and best practice advice that Link has produced over the years to support partnership activity, please visit our dedicated school linking website, where we continue to share and celebrate all that we have learnt from managing school partnerships over the last fifteen years.