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Research and analysis
Evaluation of the schools linking network: final report
Independent evaluation of the national pilot of the schools linking network to collect data and evaluate the processes behind school links.
In 2007, to support the implementation of the duty on schools to promote community cohesion, funding was provided by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in partnership with the Pears Foundation, to launch a national school linking programme in England, overseen by the schools linking network (SLN).
The SLN developed from a model of local school linking which was originally established in Bradford in 2001 and Tower Hamlets in 2006.
The national pilot was designed to extend the linking programme beyond Bradford and Tower Hamlets, and to allow other local authorities (LAs) to establish similar programmes in their area.
The evaluation looked to measure the effects of school linking at different levels (such as pupils, schools, staff, and local communities), and to consider the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of school linking beyond the pilot phase.