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Collective Worship. Verity Holloway Salisbury Diocesan RE and Collective Worship Adviser. Good quality Collective Worship includes……. Setting atmosphere Theme and development Providing opportunities for spiritual development including reflection and prayer

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collective worship

Collective Worship

Verity Holloway

Salisbury Diocesan RE and Collective Worship Adviser

good quality collective worship includes
Good quality Collective Worship includes……..
  • Setting atmosphere
  • Theme and development
  • Providing opportunities for spiritual development including reflection and prayer
  • A good balance between the use of sound, silence, visual/expressive arts
  • Pupil involvement
what is collective worship for
What is Collective worship for ?
  • Collective worship in schools should aim to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs; to encourage participation and response,…and to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive values’ (Circular 1/94 paragraph 50)
  • Collective worship provides a daily opportunity to enhance pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ (PSHE/Citizenship: Initial guidance to schools)
legal requirements collective worship
Legal requirements :Collective Worship
  • It is a statutory requirement that all schools hold a daily act of worship…not an assembly!
  • This can be at any time of day
  • This can be whole school, year group, key stage, class, etc
  • Must reflect age, aptitude, and background of children
  • Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Collective Worship (and/or RE)
  • Teachers, inc Head teacher, have the right to withdraw from Collective Worship and RE (VC and Community Schools only)
and the difference between community and church schools is
…and the difference between community and Church schools is?
  • In a community schools collective worship should be ‘Mainly of a broadly Christian nature’
  • In Church schools collective worship should be ‘in accordance with the schools trust deed’
an inspector calls denominational inspection
An Inspector calls ....denominational inspection

For example -

SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools)

  • How well does the school, through its distinctively Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship?
  • How effective is religious education?
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school, as a church schools
collective worship needs to be
Collective Worship needs to be…..
  • Well planned
  • Central to the whole community
  • Create a sense of occasion
  • Meaningful from beginning to end
  • Give recognition to the spiritual development and experience of pupils
within church schools collective worship should be
Within church schools Collective Worship should be:
  • integral to the life of the school
  • of the highest possible quality
  • providing opportunities for pupils to reflect on spiritual issues
  • providing an experience of worship which is well balanced, creative, rich and varied
support material might include

Support material might include….

Values for Life

Lighting the Candle

Pause for reflection

Diaries of Reflection


Bibles : Lion Storyteller Bible: Bob Hartman

The book of books: Trevor Dennis

Bible stories Flip chart (TTS)

  • Assemblies for Primary schools and or Cracking Assemblies: Margaret Cooling
  • Values for life: SW Diocesan Advisers
  • Stilling: Michael Beesley
  • Flippin’ Praise : Ely Diocese
  • Promoting Pupils SMSC development through Collective Worship: Solihull Metropolitan Council tel: 0121070406636