In Church of England schools, collective worship should be inclusive of pupils and staff of all faiths and beliefs or none, invitational where all are invited, not required, to participate, and inspiring all to reflect on their lives and the world, wherever they may be on their journey of faith and belief.
Latest Collective Worship Resources
These documents change over time, so do keep revisiting to see what’s new:
Latest available Collective Worship Materials - scripts and slides will be added a couple of weeks before you need them.
Spring Term 2024 - 'Wise Words'
This term, we begin a series of themes based on wise words – all of them from the Bible, all of them ancient advice about how to live, but in our modern world, they often sound surprisingly up to date! We link this ancient wisdom to stories from across the world and across cultures in the first half of the term, and then after half term, connect into the life and stories of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Easter.
The overview for the term, weekly scripts and slides are in the resources above. We add the weekly scripts and slides as we complete them.
Collective Worship Extras - World Events
From time to time we create an extra collective worship to enable school communities to respond to major national, and international events. You will find these scripts and slides in the Latest Collective Worship Materials link above.
Support for Schools
To support schools, we have written and curated prayer and worship resources for use at festivals and seasons throughout the year.
We offer training for school staff responsible for planning and leading collective worship in their school. This includes:
- A regular Collective Worship Leaders' Briefing - an online session to receive updates about new resources and thinking in school collective worship.
- Training for clergy and church visitors ‘Top Tips for Leading a Primary Assembly’.
- Courses, staff meeting and inset days to help schools developing aspects of spiritual development collective worship
Church of England Education Office Guidance
Spiritual development is about enabling all in the school community - pupils and adults - to live life in all its fullness; recognising that humans are made up of body, mind and spirit.
It is not about making pupils ‘religious’ but creating opportunities for the pupils to reflect on the big issues. Spiritual development should be threaded through the life of the school and across the whole curriculum.
This video is a useful introduction