Faith School Linking gives students of different faiths, beliefs and cultures opportunities to meet and learn from each other. The programme encourages pupils to feel confident and curious as they meet people from different backgrounds. By providing meaningful encounters for both students and staff, linking increases recognition and respect for different beliefs and cultures.
Linking has been proven to help schools to reach the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted criteria for RE. (OFSTED Religious Education Survey, April 2014))
Faith School Linking is composed of two unique pathways:
We actively support embedding Linking as a whole-school approach.
3FF has 18 years’ experience of facilitating deep and meaningful encounters for young people. Over the course of an academic year Link teachers will co-deliver 3 ‘link days’ and receive 3 CPD training days (one of each per term). The first meeting (or ‘link day’) between students takes place at a neutral venue to ensure all students feel comfortable and at ease. Together with a teacher from the other school (their ‘link partner’), and with support from 3FF, teachers plan and deliver a day of engaging activities that explore issues around belief and identity. The subsequent link days take place at schools, giving the students a chance to both host and visit.
Link Days are themed around the following three key questions, which explore identity, diversity, belonging and social connections on three difference levels:
There are opportunities to collaborate with creative partners enabling students to further build on their friendships and take part in activities exploring ideas of diversity and community through new lenses. Some examples of link days have included:
Teachers on the Linking programme attend three annual CPD days where they receive guidance and support from 3FF and other experts in the interfaith field. During these sessions teachers build relationships with teachers from their link school; plan engaging activities with access to our extensive linking resources and develop their SMSC provision in their own schools.
3FF are looking for schools in London and Birmingham who are looking to link and are able to commit to a year-long programme that includes three CPD days and three Link days. To find out more, please contact Clare. For Linking in Birmingham and the Midlands, please contact Rich.
"I feel that the project has been very successful in achieving its aim of breaking down prejudice and increasing the children’s awareness of the diverse society in which we live. I hope the pupils will share the lessons learned through this experience with the other children from the school as well as with family and friends. The schools are already planning to develop more school links next year."
Lead Teacher, Sikh Primary School
"3FF training provides an excellent range of practical and relevant ideas and resources with supportive and helpful staff."
Primary Linking teacher