SLN works with local authorities, schools and non-governmental organisations in the design and delivery of innovative school linking programmes.
… local authorities played a key role in supporting the SLN programme in schools. This included auditing local needs and cohesion issues and agreeing on priorities, then linking schools and providing training and support … there is evidence that school and local authority staff also benefit from involvement in the intervention. An evaluation of SLN’s work by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) May 2011
By developing strong partnerships with the organisations we work with, be they local authorities, NGOs or individual schools, we ensure that SLN programmes are best suited to local needs and have an inbuilt mechanism for sustainable development, right from the start.
SLN has a strong network of practitioners and stakeholders, all of whom are engaged in innovative and powerful work that supports schools and young people to develop inter-cultural competencies, workplace skills and engagement in their communities.
There is something lovely about it, students working with others from different schools with a collaborative feel and not a competitive one. It is a challenging situation which strengthens independent thinking – you can see their horizons widening. Teacher, Stockport SLN Project
Our programmes are uniquely shaped to suit the needs of each individual organisation or district, while following a set of universally proven principles that underpin successful linking work. There is a strong focus on the development of children and young people’s communication skills and understanding of social responsibility.