Schools Linking Team
Linda Cowie and Meg Henry are both experienced teachers with senior school leadership experience which gives them insight and deep knowledge of school communities and bringing about change within them. Throughout their careers they have been fully engaged in challenging contexts, always aiming to bring people together and find a way forward for all.
Linda worked for Schools Linking Network for eleven years and Meg for five years. Their expertise includes working with educators, school communities and young people and in consideration of ways in which the curriculum can support spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children and young people and support exploration of identity, diversity, equality and a sense of belonging.
They are strong advocates for a fair and just society and their principles guide them in their delivery. In order to stay rooted in school life they continue to teach and are governors in secondary schools in different circumstances. At the heart of all they do lies the development of young people.
The success of our work is absolutely created through the hard work of hundreds of committed teachers and other adults in schools, local authorities, charitable organisations, museums, galleries, sports centres, outdoor learning centres and communities who share the belief that taking thoughtful action will make a difference in children’s and young people’s lives.
Schools Linking Consultants
David Raven Hill
Schools Linking Facilitators
3 Faiths Forum
David Raven Hill
Zaidah Ahmed, MBE
Stockport and Greater Manchester
Schools Linking Teacher Consultants
We develop, trial and deliver training, resources and programmes for children, young people and those who work with them. We engage with thinking and research in the areas of identity, religion and belief, diversity, equalities, sense of belonging, SMSC and challenging prejudice. We gain ongoing learning from practitioners we work with which then feeds into our thinking. We translate research findings into effective school practice.
Through providing school linking programmes, in school programmes and work on ethos, values and equalities these contribute to strengthening citizenship, integration and cohesion, and in building a sense of belonging. It also promotes achievement. Our ambition is that our work will enable thousands of children and young people to go beyond tolerance to develop mutual understanding, appreciation and a sense of belonging.
In all that we do we aim to be thoughtful, collaborative, imaginative, up to date with educational requirements, challenging where needed, action focussed and to strive for excellence.
“SMSC training was a big success – the session in school was clear, concise, interactive and engaging and I, along with the rest of the staff really appreciated and enjoyed the session. Meg and Linda made SMSC something we could understand and account for in school and supported us to conduct a whole school evaluation. They are good people to work with, being flexible, honest, fair minded people. I can unreservedly recommend them to anyone thinking of using their services.”
– Adrian Kneeshaw, Headteacher
“As a local authority officer, I have the privilege of visiting a range of schools and I think that all practitioners would agree that children and young people should have a well-rounded education which explores identity, diversity and community. The problem is that many teachers don’t know how to teach these areas with confidence, and this is where Schools Linking comes in. Schools Linking takes this vague concept of SMSC and embeds it in the curriculum using practical teaching and learning activities. The training is of the highest quality and the impact on our teachers in Stockport has been liberating. They now see so many opportunities to get SMSC into their teaching and the impact on children has been powerful, joyful and life changing.”
– Stephanie Longson, Head of Ethnic Diversity Service, Stockport Council
“The staff training that you delivered to begin the audit process was an incredibly impressive session. You are very happy to celebrate our achievements but also don’t shy away from those challenging conversations in order to help us to ensure that SMSC is truly outstanding. I have appreciated working collaboratively with you both. This piece of work has been a very powerful part of our school improvement.”
– Sue Pierce, Headteacher, Hazelbeck School
“Culham St Gabriel’s has supported Schools Linking in its work on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) in schools and colleges. We continue to have profound confidence in the knowledge, professional judgement, expansive energy and professional credibility of its staff and consultants who have worked on SMSC. We have an interest in continuing to work with Schools Linking, particularly in the area of SMSC and its relevance to British Values and the new Prevent Duty.”
– Mark Chater, Director, Culham St Gabriels