Collective worship policy

Our school code of conduct is:

“Try, Grow, Achieve”

 

Introduction

The 1988 Education Act requires all pupils, unless withdrawn by their parents, to attend a daily act of collective worship.  The Act of Collective Worship can take place at any time during the day and in a variety of groupings.  The 1988 Act states that ‘collective worship must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character though not distinctive of any Christian denomination’.

The responsibility for securing and arranging collective worship rests with the Head teacher in consultation with the Governing Body.  In 1993 the local authority, through its SACRE issued guidelines for Collective Worship in schools.  Some of the ideas expressed in this document are contained within this policy.

Purpose and content of assemblies/collective acts of worship

Collective Worship should provide opportunities for:-

  1. Exploring the beliefs of Christianity and other world religions as a means of reinforcing each pupils’ own religious faith and practice.
  2. Establishing and reinforcing collectively the values outlined in the school prospectus;
  3. Celebrating pupils’ skills, talents and achievements individually or collectively;
  4. Pupils to recognise their own feelings and responses to people and situations;
  5. Pupils to reflect on their relationship with others;
  6. Pupils to develop empathy for other people;
  7. Pupils to reflect on the awe and wonder of the world they live in;
  8. Pupils to recognise their own responsibilities for themselves and their world
  9. Pupils to begin to recognise that some people have a religious view of life.
  10. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.  Therefore, the occasion will always be inclusive, so that all pupils and teachers are able to contribute and gain from the experience.
  11. To provide experiences which strengthen attitudes and dispositions in all pupils so that those with a religious commitment may worship adequately and the uncommitted may develop the capacity at least to approach the ‘threshold’ of worship.

The Content of Assemblies and Collective Acts of Worship should:

  1. Help pupils understand the moral codes and conventions by which individuals and Society operate;
  2. Help pupils make responsible decisions for themselves when faced with moral questions;
  3. Use the themes agreed by the co-ordinating team;
  4. Take advantage of opportunities presented by contemporary events and special occasions and festivals of different cultures and traditions;
  5. Use flexible patterns of presentation by staff and/or pupils, the use of drama, music and visual arts is as important as the spoken word;
  6. Provide some time in each assembly for silent reflection or prayer.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Assemblies

The RE Co-ordinator across the sites will agree a programme of weekly themes for each term, and then share this with the Leadership team before it is shared with the rest of the staff.  Where possible, the RE Co-ordinators will provide resources which will be available for staff to access.

At Temple Grove Academy the Act of Collective Worship is always part of the daily school assemblies.  Those responsible for delivering these occasions should ensure the Act of Worship is distinctive in terms of time, in order to provide opportunity for those pupils and teachers who wish to withdraw from Collective Worship.